The uber-gay original ‘Fright Night’ (NSFW)

In this week’s edition, I review the remake of the 1985 cult hit Fright Night with Colin Farrell. Walking down memory lane to my childhood (OK, I was in college), I got to thinking just how gay the original version was. How gay? Well, in addition to the vampire being portrayed as pansexual if not outright queer (he’s very fey as portrayed by Chris Sarandon), here are a few other elements that make it still a Very Gay Movie:

• Other than Sarandon, the name-brand star of the film was gay actor Roddy McDowall.

• 1985 marked the film debut of co-star Amanda Bearse, who played the hero’s love interest. Bearse later went on to star in Married… With Children before coming out as lesbian in 1993.

• Stephen Geoffreys, the actor who played “Evil” Ed, is openly gay. How openly? Well, you might know him from some of his other screen performances — under the name Sam Ritter — in films like Cock Pit or Guys Who Crave Big Cocks. Yep, Evil’s second career is in hardcore gay porn, pictured below.

Ah, I miss the ’80s.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Out actress calls Dallas ‘gayville’

Amanda Bearse

Out actress and director Amanda Bearse played Marcy D’Arcy or “Married With Children.” She lives in Atlanta and was profiled in a wonderful interview in Southern Voice.

One piece that was of interest to Dallas readers was her impressions of our city. She said she prefers living in a city like Atlanta because of the community but said she travels to Dallas and is always impressed by our community.

Sovo: What do you think of the gay scene in Atlanta?  How does this town compare to being gay in other larger cities?

Amanda: Surprisingly, some of the bigger cities don’t have as much of a cohesive community as Atlanta, but I find this community to be fairly disenfranchised with men and women. There is a divide. One of the cities I travel to is Dallas, TX, and it’s like ‘gayville,’ but it’s all men and women in clubs and restaurants. It’s all about community, and I was really struck by that. I don’t have a sense of cohesiveness in New York. Things change so much, but there has always been a real separation of men and women. In L.A. there is also pretty much a separation. In Seattle there are a lot of lesbians.  I think I heard a statistic recently that there are more lesbians than dogs there, haha.

We know we have a great community here and hope Bearse will spend more time in Dallas, although her new wife lives in Seattle.

—  David Taffet