Let’s face it, half the fun of horror and exploitation is seeing some hot bodies frolicking around in the buff. And while I worship the female form, I believe exploitation definitely veers into the exploitive when only gorgeous women are on display while their male counterparts remain chastely buttoned up. Therefore, The Backside of Horror salutes the filmmakers and actors whom even up the score a bit by gracing us with instances of hot and juicy male flesh in their bloody celluloid fantasies.
Getting wet can be dangerous – especially when dancing naked in a snowstorm or while embracing an electrical outlet. It is, also, extremely deadly when starring in an early 80’s slasher film. You know the set-up: Skinny dipping leads to sex, sex angers the knife plunging villain, the plunging of the knife leads to death.
Unfortunately, as frisky teen athlete Frank Agee in 1984 (released) thriller Fatal Games, handsome Michael O’Leary learns this the hard way. After a butt baring romp in the school’s pool, Agee soon meets his end.
Those able to tear themselves away from O’Leary’s multiple charms, will also find that Fatal Games features future scream queen legends Linnea Quigley and Brinke Stevens in small roles and marks itself as resume filler for star Sally Kirkland, who would soon go onto her Academy Award nominated turn in 1987’s Anna.
O’Leary, meanwhile, would further explore the sins of the flesh, for over twenty-five years, as Dr. Rick Bauer on the legendary soap opera, Guiding Light. Now, that’s a very long swim!
Until the next time – SWEET love and pink GRUE, Big Gay Horror Fan!