Murders, detective, and … Bears? Oh my!
This month’s list of queer mystery films was rather fun to research sift though, partly because most folks don’t think about mysteries when thinking of LGBTQ and Queer films. While the tides are slowly turning, the Queer film oeuvre is better known for coming out stories, HIV/AIDS related storylines, and similar. There’s actually a decent amount of queer mystery films; these are simply some of my favourites.
But there’s a certain allure to mystery films. They captivate and draw the viewer in though intrigue. Murder is the most common plot device utilised. In fact, four out of the five films below involve at least one murder! There’s also a certain cinematographic style to the mystery genre. Queer Mystery films employ many similar devices as mainstream films: dark lighting, ominous music that sets the tone, revealing clues piece by piece (sometimes via dramatic irony where we know something the characters don’t yet know), and more. Four of the queer mystery films below are prime examples of the genre. The last one, a web series, still adheres to the key facets of the mystery genre but though comedy and surprise.
From controversial classic films to newer tv/web series, these five queer mystery films are all worth watching. Read on to discover more about all five films/series.
[Note: Not all of these films have full reviews yet – but they’re added to the quickly growing list of films I plan to tackle soon!]