I was in a decrepit neighborhood – rotting porches, peeling paint, Spanish moss hanging off dormers, the works. Mist swirled around my ankles as I walked slowly through the streets. Like an old video game, the horizon was both unchanging and unreachable.
I wandered around, in and out of the cobwebby houses. Although the streets were empty, the houses usually had a few ghosts floating around. There were a few children, but they were mostly old people, in various stages of decay. They never hurt me, nor did they speak. They just floated. Sometimes they’d follow me, but I never felt threatened.
This is an in-progress list, so more titles and categories will be added, but feel free to reblog and/ or add something!
4th Man Out- A gay man goes through the process of coming out to his aggressively straight buddies. Comedy with a happy ending.
Adam & Steve- Ridiculous series of events during a relationship between two men. Bad comedy with a happy ending.
Beautiful Thing- A teenager dealing with his preoccupied mother falls in love with a classmate. Happy Ending.
Blue is the Warmest Colour- Coming-of-age romantic drama between two teenage girls. Unhappy ending.
Brokeback Mountain-A complex emotional and romantic relationship between two men in the American West develops between 1963 and1983. Unhappy ending.
Carol- A forbidden affair between a young photographer and an older woman going through divorce during the 1950s. Happy Ending.
Capital Games- Two men fighting for the same position in a company struggle with their feelings for each other when forced to do a team-building exercise as part of a business retreat. Happy ending.
Dog Day Afternoon- Hostage drama based on the true story of a man who held up a bank to fund his partner’s bottom surgery. Unhappy ending.
Milk- Documentary about the life and death of pioneering gay politician Harvey Milk. Unhappy ending.
My Beautiful Laundrette- A young man living in london reunites with an old friend, eventually developing a romantic relationship with him after offering him a job running a laundrette to get him off the streets. Happy ending.
My Own Private Idaho- Two friends embark on a journey of personal discovery that takes them to both Idaho and Italy. Unhappy ending.
Pariah- A Black butch lesbian slowly comes to terms with her identity. Ambiguous ending.
Pride- The story of an unlikely alliance between striking miners in a Welsh village and London gay rights activists. Happy ending.
Shelter- Gay surfers fall in love. Happy ending.
Show Me Love- Two teenage girls begin a tentative romantic relationship. Ambiguous ending.
Tangerine-A transgender sex worker discovers her boyfriend and pimp has been cheating on her. Ambiguous ending.
Tomboy- A ten-year-old experiments with their gender. Ambiguous ending.
The Weekend-A romantic drama of a brief, touching encounter between two men. Bittersweet ending.
Tropical Malady- A soldier arriving to investigate the mysterious slaying of animals and a farm boy strike up a connection. Ambiguous ending.
Camp Rewind- Two women strike up a romance at a summer retreat.
Never Lose Your Flames- A fire elemental and the bounty hunter being paid to arrest him fall in love.
Bad Boy- A transgender youtube star by day and vigilante by night, a job goes south and someone is out to ruin Ren’s life, leaving him struggling to clear his name.
Of Fire and Stars- A magic user and future queen falls in love with a princess, and her husband-to-be’s sister.
If I Was Your Girl- Trans romance written by a trans author
The Fifth Season- In the distant future, nature ravages the land, with a select few being able to control it. Main characters include a bi man, a gay man, and a trans woman.
Six of Crows (two book series)- A gang of thieves take on their most ambitious job yet- stealing a magic-enhancing drug. Features a lighthearted love story between a sharpshooter and the demolitions expert.
Into this River I Drown- A man searching for the truth behind his father’s death falls in love with his town’s guardian angel.
Not Your Sidekick- After failing to manifest powers, the local superhero duo’s daughter takes on an internship with their super-villain rival, and falls in love with her. Also has a trans boy.
Chameleon Moon- A group of people struggle to survive in a city of magic and turmoil. Has a married lesbian couple, several gay characters, and a nonbinary character.
Last Seen Leaving- After his sort-of-girlfriend vanishes, a closeted kid is forced to team up with another friend of hers, and develops feelings for him along the way
The Lightning-struck Heart- A wizard and a knight are sent to save the knight’s boyfriend, and fall hopelessly in love along the way. There’s also a gay dragon.
The Girl With the Crooked Fangs- A half-vampire develops a crush on her daring human friend.
Ice Massacre & Ice Crypt (two book series)- A mermaid hunter develops feelings for an old friend of hers, who happens to be one of the mermaids she’s sent to kill.
The Coldest Girl In Coldtown- Vampire story with a twist, and both a bisexual and transgender main character.
The Foxhole Court (3 book series)- Neil, a gifted Exy player with a rocky past, joins a competitive team. Several gay and bi characters, including the protagonist.
The Raven Cycle (3 book series)- A group of boys and a girl who serves as a psychic amplifier try to find and awaken a Welsh king. Stars a romance between a boy who can take things out of his dreams and a magician.
Shallow Graves- A girl awakens several feet underground, at the same moment when all birds in the nearby vicinity drop dead. She struggles to piece together the identity of the killer while finding out what she is. Bisexual protagonist.
In The Flesh- Kieran, a Partially Deceased Syndrome (PDS) sufferer, is brought back to live and returned home. He’s gay, as are various other characters.
Carmilla- Lesbian vampires! Plus a nonbinary character played by a nonbinary actor
Skam- The story of teenagers in a secondary school, with each season being told from a different characters point of view. Several gay main characters.
Shadowhunters- Hard to explain, but has both a gay and a bi character.
The Get Down- The lives of a group of nyc teens in the 1970′s, with two of the characters in the latest episode stopping just short of kissing
Torchwood- About an agency created to control alien beings. Lots of bi and gay characters.
The Magicians- A group of students at a college train to use magic and defend themselves against an enemy from another dimension. The protagonist of the series is a bisexual man, and there’s also another gay main character.
The Drowned Man was set in 1962 Hollywood. Its narrative was a mash-up of Woyzeck (a 1836 play by Georg Büchner about a mistreated soldier who murders his lover) and The Day of the Locust (a 1939 novel by Nathaniel West about the dark side of Hollywood). Other prominent influences included Sunset Blvd & the works of David Lynch (especially Mulholland Drive and Twin Peaks).
The space was twice the size of Sleep No More NYC, with 32 characters. It had two main stories, mirror image versions of Woyzeck, one “inside the gates” of the film studio, in which starlet Wendy murders her cheating husband Marshall, and one “outside the gates,” in which lowly janitor William murders his cheating wife, Mary.
As it took place both on and off a film set, with lead characters who were descending into insanity, it played with questions of what was “real,”
part of a film that was being filmed, or a delusion or dream of a character.
The space was huge and the narrative complex; you could spend forever exploring and still discover new surprises. Several of the 1:1s were epic, including one which took a single audience member into an immense darkness that seemed to go on forever (actually about a third of the basement level reserved just for this 1:1).
It had rich layers of narrative and a significant amount of dialogue, with nearly all of its characters fully fleshed out with stories that you could spend an entire loop on. So many of the characters were brilliant… Faye and Frankie, desperate to be “stars”; Andy and Andrea, struggling to save their best friends; Dolores Grey, the fading star; Dwayne, the drugstore cowboy; the Fool, a sad clown lurking among the outskirts of the studio;
Romola Martin, trapped in a Mememto-style attempt to discover who she is and what was done to her;
Conrad, a Scientologist actor with a secret; Miguel, a trickster summoned by the mysterious Dust Witch; the Grocer, trapped in a role he didn’t want to play; Lila, the foley artist for the film; several studio characters (Alice, Claude, the PA) who may have been demons; and of course Mr Stanford, the studio boss controlling it all. See the complete character list at @templestudios fan tumblr.
Recurring motifs included drowning, foreshadowing the ending;
the red moon & the fire raging in the sky; Rorschach blots representing the dual narrative; eyes & blindness; stars; the horse as symbol of the studio; “we live inside a dream”; and of course the Grandmothers’s tale from Woyzeck, which is in every Punchdrunk show, with its theme of dreams turned to disillusionment
- it was part of a 1:1 and there were individual rooms inspired by the withered sunflowers, the moon of rotten wood, and the stars as little golden flies stuck among a blackthorn tree.
It was my favorite show I’ve ever seen and probably my favorite place I’ve ever been.