From time to time, I will suggest films for you that you can rent or buy on DVD that align with this website’s themes. Here is one for you.
You already know that my stories and illustrations show masculine males in surrealistic ways using exaggerated male body traits and extreme, improbable situations and misadventures, often in danger, peril, or crisis. If such goings on appeal to you as a gay adult male, then you will want to know about a 1998 independent film available on DVD or streaming entitled Hard.
I have often been bored or angered by many films that aim for us gay adult males as their target audience. Independent filmmaker John Huckert has accomplished in Hard what so many other films have failed to do: This film is unapologetic in its’ realistic depictions of crimes involving rough gay male sex and violence.
But, Hard is first and foremost a crime thriller. The story deals with a closeted gay police detective, Raymond Vates, who works in Los Angeles. Vates goes after a serial killer whose male victims have been brutally assaulted sexually before being murdered.
As a gay adult male, you will either hate this film or find it very appealing to you. There likely can be no neutral reaction to Hard specifically because of how scenes of sexual torture and killing are shown so vividly on screen. At the same time, as a gay adult male, if you are attracted to masculine males, you will be stunned at how appealing the closeted police detective and the serial killer will be to you. When the two men have a night of intense man-on-man sex,
I’m betting that you will be shocked at how much the filmmaker got away with in presenting this interaction on screen! Wow!
This is, indeed, a rare film. In my opinion, Hard is so good.