11 horror movies given a second life by LGBTQ audiences

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3. IT

Okay, this isn’t necessarily an LGBTQ film nor is it interpreted as one, but there is a relationship in the 2017 Stephen King adaptation that has spoken strongly to gay audiences. In the horrible town of Derry, an evil clown is out to get a group of young outcasts that call themselves The Losers including Richie Tozier (Finn Wolfhard) and Eddie Kaspbrak (Jack Dylan Grazer), two friends who fans have theorized are secretly in love with each other. Their ship name is Reddie in case you didn’t already know.

There are several clues in the novel that suggests Eddie might be a closeted homosexual, something he emotionally struggles with. The novel is much longer than either film and was able to include more of the children’s fears, including Eddie’s internal homophobia.

His relationship with his best friend, Richie “Trashmouth” Tozier, is one of the three core Loser relationships in the book outside of Bev’s romance with Bill and Ben. Reddie is bigger in the book than either adaptation, but the 2017 adaption directed by Andy Muschietti didn’t ignore it completely and many LGBTQ viewers picked up on it. The 1999 miniseries didn’t totally ignore it either, but Eddie’s possible homosexuality was heavier in part two which, unfortunately, hardly anyone remembers.

Eddie features all the traits commonly associated with gay characters. He’s small, quiet, and lives with an overbearing mother. He also has an extreme fear of being dirty and diseased and “IT”, published in 1986, just happened to be written in the middle of the bulk of the AIDS crisis. The sequel, IT: Chapter 2 is scheduled to be released this year on September 6.