This past weekend at the Inside Out LGBT Film Festival in Toronto, a new low budget gay horror camp classic was (hopefully) born. While that’s not exactly a genre ripe with examples, Jim Hansen’s “You’re Killing Me” deserves the status honestly, nailing a unique and hysterical tone that says a lot more about the state of gay culture than we might want to admit.
Hansen co-wrote the script with Jeffery Self, who stars as wannabe viral video star George (a play on the fact that Self is himself a fixture on YouTube), a man so ridiculously narcissistic that he doesn’t notice the many obvious clues that suggest his new boyfriend Joe (Matthew McKelligon) is a sociopathic serial killer. When his friends (themselves not exactly ripe with awareness) suggest to George that Joe seems a little scary, George replies that “he isn’t scary, he’s gorgeous.”
Blending low-rent gore and sharp, hilarious mumblecore dialogue to work as a commentary on the vain, self-obsessed, opportunistic mindset of many a contemporary gay, “You’re Killing Me” is thoroughly engaging, coming together in large part thanks to its very talented cast (including the fabulous likes of Jack Plotnick, Edi Patterson, Bryan Safi, Mindy Cohn, Sam Pancake and Drew Droege of the “Chloe” videos fame). Everyone involved seems to be well aware of how exactly “You’re Killing Me” is winking at themselves — and us. In the sea of gay films coming at us via LGBT film festivals this summer, it makes for a rare of example of one that actually, you know, says something.
The film obviously isn’t exactly bound for mainstream success or exposure, but here’s hoping it finds its way to the folks who will joyously eat it right up. Every LGBT film festival should have it in their program if they know what’s good for them, and a VOD distributor with a savvy marketing team should follow suit.