Sunday, October 31, 2010

From "Fright Night" to Gay Porn?

Note: Happy Halloween everyone.  Please have a safe and fun night!

Actor Stephen Geoffreys had a wild combination of energy and raw emotions that he brought to films throughout the 1980's. According to reports, he was born Stephen Geoffrey Miller on November 22, 1964, in Ohio. Geoffreys began acting at a performing arts high school in Cincinnati and attended acting classes at New York University.

As already profiled earlier this week, Mr. Geoffreys gave an excellent performance as geeky "Evil" Ed Thompson in Fright Night (1985). During that year he also acted in Heaven Help Us and Fraternity Vacation. He performed in other movies and on television.  Mr. Geoffreys was also nominated for a Broadway Tony Award for Best Actor. 

Then things seem to have taken a different turn. It's widely reported that Mr. Geoffreys wound up performing in numerous gay hardcore sex pictures under the pseudonyms of Sam Ritter and Stephan BordeauxVGMH believes that acting is acting, especially in this age of celebrity homegrown sex movies that seems to make it on the internet without any negative impact on their careers.  It may be acting, but it looks like Sam Ritter certainly knows how to enjoy a screwing. 

After a regrettably lengthy absence from the big screen, Stephen Geoffreys made a welcome comeback with a co-starring role in the indie fright feature Sick Girl (2007).  Outside of acting, Geoffreys writes short stories and is an avid bodybuilder.  VGMH wishes him well in his future.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Gay (and Porn) Connection to a Horror Classic: 1985's Fright Night

Fright Night wasn't initially associated as being a "gay" movie when it was originally would take a few years for that to happen, and then only with fans who followed the careers of some of the film's actors. Instead, this little movie made a big splash because of it's smart script. For our young hero Charlie Brewster (William Ragsdale), nothing could be better than watching an old horror movie late at night, up in his bedroom.  But then two handsome men move in next door and things just don't seem right to Charlie, who figures out that they are a vampire and his undead (daytime) guardian. With the help of his girlfriend and outcast best buddy, the only person who can help hunt them down is a washed-up actor, Peter Vincent (Roddy McDowall), who hosts Charlie's favorite TV show, Fright Night. Vincent doesn't really believe that vampires exist, but does agrees to help them for the money.

Later, it would be discovered that the cast included lesbian actor Amanda Bearse (who would go on to star on television's Married with Children), and Stephen Geoffreys who stole the movie as Charile's quirky best friend. To this day, people who barely remember the movie still remember Evil Ed (Stephen Geoffreys).  Only what they probably don't know is that during the 1990s, it's widely reported that Geoffreys appeared for several years in gay smut movies, under the name of Sam Ritter.  It seems that he also used the alias Stephan Bordeau, among others during this period.

A talented actor, the story goes that he was offered the chance to reprise his role as Evil Ed Thompson in Fright Night Part II (1988) but declined the part.  One thing didn't lead to another,which happens to many people at one time or another in their life.   VGMH tries to remember that many Hollywood stars performed in sex movies before they became famous and so an actor that hits a bumpy road and goes into sex films isn't anything especially's just another role.   Stay tuned tomorrow for part two of this series, and more information about his career in gay smut...including a special "treat" that will only remain posted for Halloween night.
And then of course there was classic Hollywood star Roddy McDowall in Fright Night (photo,below). Although Mr. McDowall never officially came out, the longtime gossip that he was gay was one of Hollywood's best-known secrets for decades. More on Mr. McDowall in the future.


Friday, October 29, 2010

Halloween Homophobia and Torture: Ancient Gay Witch Hunts, 15th-17th Century Europe

The witches were said to come at night and steal innocent villagers, forcing them deep into the thick forests. Once in the woods at a magical fire, all sorts of horrible things would then happen to these poor folks, from being eaten, to being used in pagan rituals and sex orgies, to being turned into wolves. Howls coming from deep in the forest may be those of actual wolves, or they could also be the tortured souls getting sodomized before being eaten by these demons.

The horror stories were passed from generation to generation and encouraged by local government and religion.  Basically, anything that went wrong in your life could be blamed on the "witches" who killed babies while they slept, who caused male impotence and female infertility, and miscarriages. If all that weren't enough, they also were busy spoiling the crops and causing the plague. And just who were these demonic witches? Usually the social outcasts, such as mentally and physically disabled persons, and of course those who were suspected as behaving like homosexuals.  These deadly "outings" lasted roughly from the 15th through the 17th centuries in Europe.

The people who accused gay men of being witches had at their disposal a handbook: The Malleus Maleficarum ("Hammer against Witches"), which was published in the 1480's by two Dominican Catholic priests (please see note below). 

The Malleus Maleficarum had topics such as the merits of torturing with red hot irons as opposed to boiling water, and how to strike the right balance of food and/sleep deprivation. To escape further torture, men accused of being witches (AKA homosexuals) would often name neighbor males and attest to their witchery (AKA sexual) behavior. The detailed confessions included the official witchcraft, such as the ability to fly, to cast spells, or to turn themselves into animals.  Yet it seems that over and over, one of the inquisitors' favorite fixations was the sexual practices of the accused men. Confessions included the ability to to magically castrate other men, and in one striking case, even keeping their stolen cocks in birds nests, where they fed them grain and corn!  Men would break down and admit that yes, they had buggered with the neighbor man, but that it was the neighbor's fault for having cast a demonic spell to make him say yes to having sex. Not uncommon, the man with the most valuable land was the one who received the harshest punishment (loosing his assets and maybe his life). Between 1450 and 1750, approximately 110,000 people were tried for witchcraft in Europe and America, of whom 60,000 were executed.

In modern media, witches are thought of as females. But for this period of sad history, the people who were tortured were of both sexes. Most male "witches", like their female counterparts, had done nothing more than annoy their neighbors. As one of the accused men would write: "Innocent I came to jail, innocent I was tortured, innocent I must die," in 1628. "They stripped me, bound my hands behind me, and drew me up in the torture. Then I thought heaven and earth were at an end." A man accused of being a male witch might be forcibly masturbated as his testicles were being tortured, in order to examine if his penis transformed into that resembling a wolf's during climax.
NOTE: 1486-1487: Two sadistic and politically motivated priests, Heinrich Kramer and Jacob Sprenger, published The Malleus Maleficarum (The Witches' Hammer).  They submitted it to the University of Cologne’s Faculty of Theology on May 9, 1487, seeking its endorsement.

Modern historians consider it a frightening study of the authors' sexual frustrations, their mental instability, and inhumanity.  The real demons were these two men.  Their book describes the activities of Witches, as well as the horrific methods of extracting confessions, such as:

"...while he is being tortured, he must be questioned on the articles of accusation, and this frequently and persistently, beginning with the lighter charges-for he will more readily confess the lighter than the heavier. And, while this is being done, the notary must write down everything in his record of the trial - how the prisoner is tortured, on what points he is questioned and how he answers. And note that, if he confesses under the torture, he must afterward be conducted to another place, that he may confirm it and certify that it was not due alone to the force of the torture. But, if the prisoner will not confess the truth satisfactorily, other sorts of tortures must be placed before him, with the statement that unless he will confess the truth, he must endure these also. But, if not even thus he can be brought into terror and to the truth, then the next day or the next but one is to be set for a continuation of the tortures - not a repetition, for it must not be repeated unless new evidences produced. The judge must then address to the prisoners the following sentence: We, the judge, etc., do assign to you, such and such a day for the continuation of the tortures, that from your own mouth the truth may be heard, and that the whole may be recorded by the notary. And during the interval, before the day assigned, the judge, in person or through approved men, must in the manner above described try to persuade the prisoner to confess, promising her (if there is aught to be gained by this promise) that his life shall be spared. The judge shall see to it, moreover, that throughout this interval guards are constantly with the prisoner, so that he may not be alone; because he will be visited by the Devil and tempted into suicide."

This evil became the de-facto handbook for Witch-hunters and Inquisitors throughout Late Medieval Europe. Between the years 1487 and 1520, it was published thirteen times, and between 1574 to 1669 it was again published sixteen times.  Sadly and not intended, The Malleus Maleficarum owes much of its popularity as a tool of evil torture to Johannes Gutenberg. The invention of the Gutenberg printing press in the middle of the fifteenth century allowed the work to spread rapidly throughout Europe.

"Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it” George Santayana.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

The Art of Nico: 1983

In part one, we were introduced to a young hunky guy who thought he was some kind of tough stuff.  Then suddenly he took a walk on the wild side and next thing he knew, he was discovering what real machismo is all about, in the den of some serious leather masters.  It's too late for this guy to hide... these bad daddies seem to have discovered him watching them.  It takes a little training but by the end of this page (below), our observer learns his lessons in masculinity, getting it in the end and learning his new name: slave.
On the final page of this magazine series, our observer can't get enough of his new master's cock.  He tells him "I...I want to be a member" and agrees to wear his master's mark similar to a branded steer.  A hot iron rests in the coals and next thing you know, he's marked meat.  The fantasy ends with the observer (now slave) asking the reader a taunting question..."wanna join?"
Below: How about a Coke for Halloween?
Below: How about a Cock for Halloweenie?

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Satan's Harvest Home: or the Present State of Whorecraft, Adultery, Fornication, Procuring, Pimping, and Sodomy in 1749

In 1749, the pamphlet "Satan's Harvest Home" was first published in London. The full title of the work was actually much more descriptive: “Satan's Harvest Home: or the Present State of Whorecraft, Adultery, Fornication, Procuring, Pimping, and Sodomy." The basic idea was that Satan had sewn the seeds of moral decay in other parts of Europe, and now he was harvesting the fruit of evil, in the form of sex (and especially gay sex). And just who wrote this masterpiece? While it was anonymous, historians agree that it was created as a political tool by the increasingly-powerful religious-Christian movement in Great Britain at the time. The believers in religion were, for the most part, honestly trying to just live a good life and go to heaven. It was the church leaders who devised ways to gain political power here on earth. A power war was emerging, and gay men were a weapon to be exploited (sound familiar?)

Decades before, tolerance for discreet same-sex relationships had long been tolerated (and practiced) by the elite ruling-class nobility of England. This was especially true with regards to young men attending university who would often create life-long bonds that would continue long after they had married and established a career and family. According to historian Albert WalshIt wasn’t that homosexuality was accepted or promoted as a lifestyle; it was more that this same-sex behavior wasn’t considered a serious public threat and in fact had some benefits, including reduced pregnancies during the years when young men were most likely to be promiscuous”. For Christians and power-hungry politicians looking to upset the status quo in Great Britain, this established bisexuality and homosexuality, which most commoners already viewed as part of the excess of the privileged class, was simply a weapon to be used for cultural and political advancement.

Citing sections from "Satan's Harvest Home" among his other defenses, a 24 year-old lower-class commoner admitted to accepting and even encouraging the sexual advances from a 43 year-old nobleman, presumably only to help support and feed his wife and children. He became threatened, he claimed, when the nobleman begn forcing him to become effeminate. The final straw was when (blindfolded) he said he was introduced to a group orgy in a dark wet basement somewhere in London. In his self defense, he claimed to have used a knife to escape the orgy, wounding the nobleman in the process, to preserve his heterosexuality and values. It seems that until that point he had merely been the object of the older man's desires, but at this orgy he discovered he was about to be buggered for the first time. The nobleman reportedly fled the country. Similar stories and accounts with "evil gays" were spread similar to modern-day tabloids and reinforced the view that homosexuality was a threat to the family and to men's very masculinity.

Walsh notes that the specific term "sodomites" was created and then used by Christians to create rigid rules for sex. Gay men have always been the victims of theocratically-controlled governments, and persecuting the 'sodomite' (as a demonic unnatural sinner) was a method of political and social control.” Relations that had been considered normal and healthy in ancient early civilizations (before Christian religion) were now the work of the devil and sick and perverted.

Many modern historians thus view "Satan's Harvest Home" as evidence for an association in the 18th century between same-sex unions and the influence of Roman Catholic values that continues to exist today within church doctrine. The pamphlet both describes and denounces “moral laxity and perversion of contemporary society", and it especially seems obsessed with what it viewed as shameful male effeminacy. It even includes a poem, "Petit MaĆ®tre", denouncing any hint of feminine dress and behavior for men.

Wisely for their cause, the authors of the pamphlet erased an important part of ancient history with regards to gay sex and masculinity; specifically that warriors and military leaders enjoyed such bonds and felt them no threat to their manhood. For the creators of "Satan's Harvest Home", military group male nudity and masturbation, the intimate bathing of one another, and gay sexual relations (where effeminacy could not be used as a scapegoat since these were skilled warriors) were simply erased from fact.

In effect, the authors were helping to establish accepted "male" and "female" roles that the church thought essential for the maintenance of the gender system they wanted. And during this period in the mid-late eighteenth century, the church produced an emerging culture for the rest of the modern western world. As the ruling classes of Europe expanded beyond their borders to colonize folks around the world, they brought these same laws and views against gays and gender variations with them, and enforced them even more viciously. The message was clear, and the message has continued to this day: Gays are evil, perverted demons that are going to hell and want to seduce every man on earth.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Halloweenie Special: Clothing Optional When A Man Looks This Good!

Sometimes people use artistic paints as part of their Halloween costumes. Sometimes they wear skin-tight lycra. But if you happen to be almost completely covered in elaborate tattoos like Mr.Logan McCree, VGMH thinks that you could just undress and show off your beautiful natural outfit.   Heck, a costume this elaborate would probably get two candies!  In any case, Logan is definately a treat to view.

Logan (born Philipp Tanzer) is from Germany and has been in the gay smut biz for several years. This German stud has a very devoted fan base, especially among many younger gay men in their 20's. It's reported that he first came to prominence as German Mr. Leather 2004.

Logan was born in 1977 and his tattoos have spiritual meanings that he reports are important to him (Christian and Buddhist symbolism). He doesn't care for drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, eating meat, or violence. Don't let the radical look fool you...He enjoys being with his pet dog, reading marvel comics, drawing, going out to concerts, and movies.

Logan stands 5'9", weighs a lean 160 lbs of hard muscle, and has a 7" penis.  His fan base includes: Men who like skin ink, Men who like hairy guys (he doesn't always shave smooth), Men who like his spiritual/humanity qualities, Men who like beards, and Men who appreciate low hanging balls (they get featured a lot).  No wonder he's so popular!
Logan told Honcho magazine, "I like slow, tender, intimate sex... I love normal men, but most of them think I'm too extreme, I guess, which is funny, for I'm a pretty normal, even boring person."

What Do You Think of Logan?
 If you want to see more of this special man, please leave a comment below!

Monday, October 25, 2010

The Art of Nico: 1983

This 1983 issue of Numbers magazine offered all sorts of stories, and a whole lot of it was about leather.  There was erotic fiction entitled A Collar for Achilles by Phil Andros.  Then a “Cruiseguide” to the Russian Riviera in North California's “redwood country.”  According to the story, this place was a famous gay resort area. If that wasn't enough, there were vintage photos of men from Bob Mizer's Athletic Model Guild.  The Centerfold and coverman is Scott.

And also included was a nicely illustrated fantasy by Nico.  As the text says, "Suddenly, you're forced into a Leather Initiation" in this story.  By the looks of things, someone is about to learn that these tough-looking guys are the real-deal. 
All sorts of debuachery and rough-stuff is going on as our observer thinks "If I'm lucky, they won't notice me..."

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Mr. October: The Art of Etienne

Trick or Treat
The little clothing that Mr. October's wearing is certainly stylish for the period. He seems in very serious concentration with his carving, and that jack-o-lantern's one large eye opening looks downright naughty and nice at the same time. The hole looks designed to fit...never mind.  As with other months in this vintage calendar, we see the mysterious hand (notice the bird tattoo) offering suggestions of what perhaps is yet to come for our model?

Dom (his real name was Dom Orejudoswas) was 20 years old when he began using the name Etienne, when his work was published for the first time in 1953's "Tomorrow's Man" magazine, issue #8.

Born in Chicago on July 1st, 1933, Etienne was a dancer and choreographer with the Illinois Ballet Company for 15 years. In addition, he was a very respected businessman, famous for his male physique studies which became internationally known. He was the recipient of three National Endowment for the Arts grants and was nominated/received three Emmy Awards.

His artwork is understandably sometimes confused with that of Tom of Finland. Both men definitely had an appreciation for very masculine guys and both enjoyed creating intense fantasy worlds. It's been reported that both artists knew one another and liked and respected one another's work. We'll take a look at more of his work in the future.

One of Etienne's most-favored artistic styles was to show a charismatic character becoming the sexual brunt of a joke, usually at the mercy of other men surrounding him. To some, his work can be downright troubling in the level of aggressive machismo that's sometimes depicted, which the artist himself once described as trying to capture man's "fears, needs, and unapologetic raw power." He died of AIDS complications in 1991.

1970's Treat! Roy Blakey's Photography

Roy was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1952, and found himself stationed in Kaiserslautern, Germany, as a mail clerk. He achieved the rank of corporal, and bought his first good camera there, snapping pictures during his three-day passes. In 1954 Roy’s dreams came true when he joined the ice skating show at the Casa Carioca nightclub in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.

He eventually returned to the United States in 1956 and joined the ice revue show at Chicago’s Conrad Hilton Hotel. He also took his first courses in photography and housed a makeshift darkroom in his bathroom. In 1961, Roy joined the company of Holiday on Ice and performed in nearly 40 countries on extended tours through Europe, Russia, the Far East and Latin America...always with his camera and darkroom in tow.

Retiring from the frozen stage in 1967, Roy stopped in New York for a three-day visit that stretched into 25 years. He took up residence in a loft above Billy’s Topless on Sixth Avenue, where a host of entertainment hopefuls walked into Roy’s studio and removed their clothes to have their photographs taken.   Roy experimented with light and shadows on the human male.

Roy’s nudes found a home in the short-lived magazine Dilettante which tried to show that "photography as an art form and the male nude are not strange bedfellows." In in 1972 his famous book was published...HE.  It was a groundbreaking look at male nudes and remains a classic today.