9 Dead Gay Guys (2002)

9 Dead Gay Guys
Director: Lab Ky Mo
Writer: Lab Ky Mo
Cast: Glen Mulhern, Brendan Mackey, Steven Berkoff, Michael Praed, Vas Blackwood, Fish, Simon Godley, Carol Decker, Raymond Griffiths, Abdala Keserwani, Karen Sharman, Leon Herbert, Steven Woodhouse
Seen on: 9.12.2018

Content Note: ableism, homomisia, antisemitism

Byron (Brendan Mackey) and Kenny (Glen Mulhern) are two Irish guys in London who make their way through the gay scene there. To make some cash, they dabble in sex work. But one night, their customer Queen (Michael Praed) ends up dead. Rumors of a cash-filled bed abound and more men end up dead as Byron and Kenny hope to get to the cash in the bed.

9 Dead Gay Guys is what happens when somebody decides that the trouble with “politically incorrect humor” is that it simply doesn’t have enough gay guys. I thought it was a catastrophe.

The film poster showing the outline of a guy hanging from a noose.

I don’t know if the idea here was to subvert all those stereotypes about gay guys that float around our society, or to simply make fun of the stereotypes, or if its a whole bunch of (internalized?) homomisia making its appearance. But no matter the intent, I couldn’t find the satire here – all I saw was the homomisia.

Well, that and the often pretty bad jokes that were everywhere, with the worst offender being a running gag about a dwarf and his 3.5 inch dick because hahaha, not only is he himself small, so is his dick, hahaha. Dammit, do I really need to explain how offensive and ableist this is? I hope not. I’m also less than taken by the fact that the money-filled bed is owned by the only Jewish character in the film.

Two guys kissing.

The entire film through I was this close to turning it off and giving up on it entirely. There are two reasons why I finished it anyway: one, it’s pretty short and two, I was baking at the time and my hands were full of dough. Maybe the thing would read differently to me if I was a gay man, though I seriously doubt it. But then again the film did win an audience prize at a gay film festival, so who knows.

Byron (Brendan Mackey) and Jeff (Steven Berkoff) talking.

Summarizing: pissed me off.

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