While there are a dozen gay vampire feature movies, there are only a few short films. Filmmakers are thankfully still creating gay vampire shorts, however given the tighter storytelling and easy of creation, it’s amazing there aren’t more movies.
Given the short length of some full features, this list could be longer, but you will find the following have runtimes below 30 minutes (and two below 10 minutes). With such a short list it would be hard to rank the films. We also haven’t seen Seagull yet, which looks like a top pick based on the few stills from the short.
Love Bite (2008)
Noah and Gus hang out and smoke weed after school. As the munchies kick in Noah feels compelled to share a secret desire that has been tormenting him.
Love Bite is an adorable subversion of gay desire and the vampire genre. At three minutes, the film is a master class is setup, anticipation and preconceived notions. The build up makes you think one boy is in love with the other, and that his feelings are about to be hurt. Instead the twist is a surprise and delight.
Watch Over me (2010)
The short Israeli film follows gay solider, Eitan, who has just completed his final training in a secret army unit. He’s given a night off and taken out by mates from the unit, to be initiated by his comrades. The two others in his unit are egging him on to deal with a gay man who came into the bar where they were drinking. Hoping to protect the guy, Eitan seeks him out, but when they get to the beach and become passionate the new Eitan emerges.
The dialogue moves quickly over the 14 minute film though it’s not all crucial. Watch Over me appeared in the Boys on Film 7 collection DVD, which is available in some places.
Playing for Keeps (2004)
Tater is an accomplished pianist, but it seems his talent comes from his unique diet. When he throws a house party, not all the guests get to leave. Despite being held captive, Chris wants to know if Tater is into him. Will he become Tater’s next meal or something else?
Playing for Keeps is one of the oldest shorts on the list, and as such it’s harder to find. True to the era, the film is heavy on the video effects, and light on the audio quality. It does pop up in low quality on YouTube, so watch while you can.
- Not released
Seagull is a recovering drug addict who is about to have a very strange night on The English Riviera. Starring Max Harwood as a beautiful vampire.
Seagull has been making the festival rounds but is not yet available in wide release.