When one thinks of great Sci-Fi films, you usually don’t think of any famous queer ones. But amidst the science fiction genre of other alien worlds, artificial intelligence, and more – there are a couple queer sci-fi films! But are they any good? That’s the question, given that many films within the sci-fi genre are B-grade or lower budget films.
Of the select few I could find that had a strong queer element, these are some of the “better” ones. A few were quite enjoyable and fit well within the queer sci-fi film niche. One wasn’t bad for the genre, but not really a queer film. And one was just utterly atrocious!
Continue reading to find out which five queer sci-fi films made this month’s list, and whether or not they’re worth your time to watch!
[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!]
It’s been one year since Markus freed the androids of Detroit. The most advanced android ever created, Nines (Maximilian Koger), has evolved past his initial programming as a ruthless hunter, and now protects the city as a DPD detective. But as new crimes and dangers start to threaten RK900 himself, he must also juggle his growing fondness for his partner, Detective Gavin Reed (Christopher Trindade), and navigate everything that they mean to one another.
“Detroit Evolution” is a rather interesting film, but it certainly is a queer sci-fi film! Based upon the video game “Detroit: Becoming Human“, the film is actually an amateur fan film! From a film perspective, it’s quite good. I began watching with trepidation, but was pleasantly surprised at how well “Detroit Evolution” is cinematically. However, it’s not without a few flaws. The actual case Gavin and Nines are working on is rather easy to decipher early on, and for anyone who doesn’t know the game misses out on a lot of backstory between the characters. (Like me!)
Interestingly, the two main characters of “Detroit Evolution”, Gavin and Nines, are barely in the actual video game! Gavin shows up only in a few scenes of the video game, and Nines/RK900 is only revealed in a mid-credit scene after finishing the game. Perhaps more puzzling is that Gavin seems to hate androids, especially Connor/RK800 (Nines predecessor)! It seems like the fans took two rather attractive CGI video game characters, latched onto a snarky “bromance” remark, and have created their own deviation. In fact, there’s a queer short sci-fi film that they made prior to “Detroit Evolution”, called “Detroit Awakening” that goes into the backstory of Gavin and Nines. Despite not fully knowing the backstory though, I really enjoyed watching a queer romance between Gavin and Nines. (Some are even calling it an asexual romance because Nines is an android without sexually defining genitalia.)
If you’re after a queer sci-fi film, then “Detroit Evolution” certainly fits the criteria and is a captivating film. Plus, they have just recently announced they are working on a sequel/prequel, “Detroit Reawakening”! (which is actually a remake of their initial queer short film, “Detroit Awakening”)
In a nightmarish future, the wealthy elite maintain The Circle, a stratum of society that can use technology for regeneration, although it’s unclear if a person is regenerated into reality or if this New Life is a cyber world. Thomas Steiner (Jalil Lespert)is regenerated, thanks to his mother (Nicole Jamet), and it seems her goal is for him to lose his homosexuality. He awakens from his regeneration with memories of Kazo, a man he loved. He goes in search of him. But, was Kazo ever real? And what will mother make of this son who leaves the safety of The Circle in search of something else?
“Oedips N+1” is quite an enjoyable queer short sci-fi film, yet also has the key components for a thriller. The plot follows the life of Thomas, from his rebirth out of the white nothingness of regeneration back into society. Or as both the viewer and Thomas quickly realise, his mother’s “ideal” life – rather than Thomas’ original life and identity. Captivated by flashbacks of his lover Kazo, one of the first things Thomas does is to leave The Circle in order to find Kazo. What a difference between The Circle and the outer world! Yet locations Thomas could swear to be real don’t exists. There’s an odd twist in the digital “Hacker’s Lounge” where digital recreations of his friends (and Thomas!) “live”. The plot gets a tad philosophical here. Yet it’s also in the lounge that we discover that Kazo isn’t real, but is actually another man called Louis. Unfortunately, Thomas’ new life is cut short shortly after this revelation by none other than his own mother! And the cycle begins again…
Overall, it’s a decent queer short. The film is in French, so most of us probably will need the subtitles. But it’s definitely a queer film. Not only is Thomas definitely gay, but he holds film to himself even though his mother clearly is trying to change her son’s identity. She tries to make up excuses on why Thomas can’t recall his fiancée Helena, but all we can see is a mother trying to force a different form of conversion therapy upon her son. Although naming the film after Oedipus isn’t quite right; Thomas detests his mother, instead of the usual loving son in the Oedipus Complex. A more apropos title would be Jocasta, for it’s actually the mother who loves her son so much that she will repeatedly kill and attempt to “fix” Thomas to be straight. And that bit alone makes this almost a horror film! If you’re into science fiction and futuristic dystopias, then you’ll enjoy this queer short sci-fi film.
Emperor Wang (the Perverted) (William Dennis Hunt)is leader of the planet Porno and sends his mighty “Sex Ray” towards Earth, turning everyone into sex-mad fiends. Only one man can save the Earth, football player Flesh Gordon (Jason Williams). Along with his girlfriend Dale Ardor (Suzanne Fields)and Professor Flexi-Jerkoff (Joseph Hudgins), they set off towards the source of the Sex Ray, unaware of the perils that face them!
While I knew right away that this would be a spoof of the classic B-Movie “Flash Gordon”, by the end I was not impressed. Not even with a Penisaurus and an abundance of nudity and sex-crazed orgies thrown about! However, I’ve also never seen “Flash Gordon”. So perhaps that’s a huge factor in why I was a bit disappointed in this apparently very detailed and close to the original spoof. Interestingly, the special effects on this film were rather impressive for the time – even on a shoestring budget!
But perhaps the biggest reason I was disappointed is that the only queer element is a scene with the Amazonian lesbians. They tie Dale down naked and try to convert her with a lesbian sex ritual, but beyond that scene there is very little to consider queer about “Flesh Gordon”. Reportedly, there were homosexual sex scenes filmed – however all hardcore shots were confiscated for being too obscene. Perhaps if they were left in, I would’ve been more impressed! If you’re looking for a spoof of a classic science fiction film, then I’d suggest giving this queer sci-fi film a go. Perhaps you’ll enjoy it more than I!
A lecherous college professor takes a student to a sleazy New York motel, and becomes the first victim of a sharp-toothed, murderous condom. Assigned to the case, Luigi Mackeroni (Udo Samel), a gay cop, visits the motel, picks up young hustler Billy (Marc Richter)and takes him to a room, where they barely escape intact from an attack by another vicious prophylactic. Mackeroni must then overcome the understandable doubts of his superiors to launch a full investigation into the deadly condoms.
I didn’t have high hopes for “Killer Condom”: it’s a B-Movie, foreign film yet set in NYC, and it revolves around a killer condom… Thankfully, I was pleasantly surprised. I really loved this queer sci-fi film! Is it as absurd as it sounds – absolutely. Yet it’s not just a sci-fi film, but part thriller, part mystery, and even part comedy. Luigi is the main protagonist, often utilising voiceovers to give the viewer a glimpse into his own reflections as the story unfolds. And even though the love interest is a bit quirky (a detective and a street hustler), it actually is rather endearing to watch. Heck, even the quirky mad scientist who developed the “killer condom” and the even wackier nurse who thinks she’s going to bring the salvation of the Lord down to Earth actually fit well within the entire gist of the film.
Even though it’s subtitled, I encourage any sci-fi fan to find yourselves a copy of “Killer Condom”. You’re in for a treat!
Extraterrestrial beings travel the galaxy to free men “oppressed” by females to make way for an entirely-homosexual society.
There’s not much to go on for this B-movie that harkens back to a 50’s/60’s era, yet was only created in 1992. Some even claim that it’s tricky to find – I only wish that were the case. (It can be found on YouTube.)While I can appreciate the homage and the statements that this queer short sci-fi film attempts to make, it’s just flat out horrible! There are no sexual innuendos here, because they make the “jokes” as obvious as this short was made cheaply. I cannot even call this film camp – it’s that atrocious!
The plot itself might have been decent – if you overlook the horrible racist and xenophobic remarks, as well as suspend any ounce of sexual equality. After all, these extraterrestrial “niggas” are out to destroy the “controlling” females in order to free the universe for men only. But the production values are so low that it makes any other B-movie look like great; in fact, this film is more appropriately labeled as a Z-movie – it’s that bad. You’re welcome to give this film a go and see if you react any differently. After all, it’s only 23 minutes long. But if you don’t want to waste your time – watch any other film on this list instead!