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Five LGBT horror shorts you don't want to miss

There is a whole untapped mainstream genre that goes virtually ignored in the LGBT community: horror movies.

I have spoken to many people who absolutely love them, but you would be hard-pressed to find a critic who says our LGBT brothers and sisters are being portrayed accurately if at all. 

 That means we have to rely on the independent film makers and young artists who understand the genre and what people want.

These young LGBT film makers are quickly hitting their strides inside the horror genre by making bite-sized entries which tell stores of survival, heartbreak and yes even revenge.

GLAAD recently released their "Studio Responsibility Index" and it shows LGBT people are not only weirdly absent from television and movies, but they aren’t being given as much substance as their heterosexual counterparts if they are. 

“The overwhelming majority of LGBTQ characters in major studio releases are minor, in both screen time and substance,” the report finds.

GLAAD may want to broaden their scope, but shorten their attention span by looking through the class of recent LGBT horror shorts.

They aren't exactly mainstream, but they say a lot in their brevity. 

That’s exactly what FilmOut’s Program Director Michael McQuiggan did for the 2017 San Diego LGBT Film Festival.

Debuting this year, is the FrightOut Horror block containing five short films that will not only give you nightmares but have you coming away with a little food for thought.

You can catch all of these great shorts on Saturday, June 10th, 2017 at 10 pm at The Observatory North Park.

Short 1:

Tonight It’s You (2016) - USA (Southern California Premiere)Run Time: 17 min | Director: Dominic Haxton

CJ ventures out for a late night hook-up when things take a dark turn, leading him into something much more sinister than he could ever imagine.

Short 2:

Room For Rent (2016) - Brazil (US Premiere)Run Time: 20 min | Director: Enock Carvalho & Matheus Farias

Leticia lives by herself. When she meets Gabriela at a party and brings her home, strange movements begin to develop in her dark and mysterious apartment.

Short 3:

Hi, It’s Your Mother (2016) - Canada (West Coast Premiere)Run Time: 5 min | Director: Daniel Sterlin-Altman

A shocking tragicomic stop-motion animated film about a mother’s love for her child (and also some carnal pleasure).

Short 4:

Demons (2017) - USA (West Coast Premiere)Run Time: 11 min | Director: Jesse Klein

Matt is a closeted serial killer on the hunt for love and acceptance in a pretty messed up world.

Short 5:

PYOTR495 (2016) - Canada/Germany (Southern California Premiere)Run Time: 15 min | Director: Blake Mawson

16-year-old Pyotr is baited by an ultra-nationalist group known for their violent abductions and attacks bolstered by Russia's LGBT propaganda law, but Pyotr has a dangerous secret.

Ticket Price: $10 

Buy your tickets HERE.

FrightOut will be on Saturday, June 10, at 10 pm at The Observatory North Park.

The Observatory North Park. is located at 2891 University Ave., San Diego, 92104