[Horror Queers Podcast] Homoeroticism and Homophobia in 'Blade: Trinity'

The Scream 3 of Blade Movies

Outside of detours to discuss Jawbreaker and last week’s 50th episode on The X Files: I Want To Believe,Trace and I have been on a homoerotic bender of late: a month ago, we tackled the homoerotic subtext of Interview With The Vampire, and the following week we discussed the homoerotic text of Alien: Covenant.

We’re checking into Marvel superhero territory with this week’s episode, which looks at all of the queerbaiting and gay panic that’s cooked into the third and final Blade film. In Trinity, Blade (Wesley Snipes) partners with Hannibal King (Ryan Reynolds) and Abigail (Jessica Biel), the illegitimate daughter of Whistler (Kris Kristofferson, who exits verrrrry quickly) to fight Hannibal’s evil ex (Parker Posey) and thwart her plan to use Dracula Drake (Dominic Purcell) to bring about an apocalypse.

It’s all about as ridiculous as you can imagine, despite the cute vampire Pomeranian.

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Episode 51 – Blade: Trinity (2004)

Now that Trace has officially recovered from our 50th episode festivities, it’s time to deal with an escalating vampire threat in David S. Goyer’s Blade: Trinity, the whimpering conclusion of the groundbreaking (original) Marvel superhero trilogy.

On the docket: why is a film filled with comedians so painfully unfunny? We speculate about the origin of the feud between Goyer and star Wesley Snipes (hint: racism), and discuss the badly-aged homophobic dialogue, which is sadly common ground for mid-2000s action films. Plus: Ryan Reynolds and Dominic Purcell’s bodies (obvs), as well as random connections to Scream 3, Charlie’s Angels and The Matrix!

Be sure to stick around to the end of this supersized episode as the boys tackle gayness, body dysmorphia and Hollywood’s obsession with Adonis beefcakes. It all gets a bit confessional, but hopefully, it’s helpful.

Cross out Blade: Trinity!

Coming up on Wednesday: In time for Sophia Takal and April Wolfe’s (re)reimagining, we’re revisiting Glen Morgan’s divisive take on Black Christmas (2006)!

– Joe & Trace

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