Let’s face it, we’re all in love with a genre that, for better or worse, has always put a lot of emphasis on the female form and how many ways it can be exposed. Until I was 16 years old, I honestly don’t think I ever saw a horror film that didn’t involved the obligatory naked breasts just before some buxom beauty got wasted. We could spend a lot of time talking about the ins and outs of why that is acceptable and why it shouldn’t be in this day and age, but I thought I would turn the tables around on this one.
So, for all my ladies and my fellow gay men out there who love a hunk that might end up covered in blood before the final credits, this list of the hottest men in horror is for you!
1. The Men of True Blood
When I first heard that HBO was going to be adapting Charlaine Harris’s Sookie Stackhouse novels into a television series, I was excited and a bit apprehensive. I had come to love the novels, but I had very definite ideas in my head about what her sexy characters should look like. Turns out I had zero to worry about. I wish I could have been on the casting team who got interview these hot actors and hire them onto the series. Ryan Kwanten, Sam Trammell, Stephen Moyer, Alexander Skarsgard, and Joe Manganiello brought some serious beefcake to the screen, and even if the plots did get a little out there before it was all over (they left the novels behind after the first season)…well who the hell cares? Turn the volume down and watch these guys get naked!
2. Christian Bale in American Psycho
There’s this moment, at the beginning of American Psycho, when Christian Bale’s character, Patrick Bateman, is doing his morning exercises. He’s lying on his back doing sit ups and stretches and I have to be honest, I completely forgot to pay attention to the voice over and thus the exposition to the film I was about to watch. In those few sexy moments, my world was filled with abs, biceps, calves, thighs and that ass. And I was okay with that. Later on, as a naked, chainsaw wielding Patrick chases one of his victims down the hall, I laughed maniacally and paused it for a few seconds to appreciate that ass just one last time.
3. Chad Michael Murray in A Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia
All right, Chad Michael Murray has always been a pretty man. I never saw him in “One Tree Hill”, but later on, in House of Wax, he definitely found a place on my landscape of handsome Hollywood men. However, that didn’t compare in the least to his sex appeal in A Haunting in Connecticut 2. I don’t know if it was the fact that he had just a few more years to mature or the fact that he was playing a dad who so obviously cared about his family, but his sex appeal tripled for me in this role. I’ve watched it several times just to watch him sweat through that awesome undershirt.
4. Tyler Hoechlin in MTV’s Teen Wolf
Teen Wolf? As a TV series? Why? Yeah, I asked the question. So, it comes on and my friends immediately start talking about it. In an article I published here recently, I wrote about how wonderful the show has been for the LGBTQ community with its positive portrayals and message of inclusion. They were talking about this, of course, but I also kept hearing, “And they’re so hot!” So, after a couple of weeks, I sat down to see what all the fuss was about. Tyler Hoechlin walks out of his room shirtless and I was sold. This is one hot man and when he gets that feral look in his eyes before he lets the wolf out, his isn’t the only one in the room whose pulse is racing!
5. Vincent D’Onofrio in The Cell
One of the most visually stunning films on the list, The Cell pushed viewers to their limits as Jennifer Lopez searched the mind of a serial killer to find out where his latest victim was being held. She began to encounter the various physical and psychic forms of his personality. Though he was the bad guy, there was something appealing and alluring about D’Onofrio in this film. His madness was stunning to behold. Who can forget the scene where he stood from the throne and we realized that the fabric that lined the walls was attached to his back? It was brilliantly, disturbingly erotic.
6. The Men of The Covenant
The Sons of Ipswich…four male witches, each one hotter than the last. It took no convincing to get me into the theater for opening day of this male version of The Craft. I was very nearly first in line. Did I mention they’re on the swim team at their school? And their swim suits are very, very tiny… If you like your witches ripped and on the masculine side, be sure to check this one out!
7. Scott Speedman in Underworld
Michael Corvin has been through hell. Drawn into a battle that has raged for hundreds of years between vampires and lycans, he is first bitten by a lycan and then receives a bite from a vampire. In the end of the first film, he becomes both. I remember watching with a friend as he became this dangerous hybrid, turning to her, and saying, “Yeah, he’s still sexy as hell.” And he was! If you haven’t seen it, watch it! And if you have, watch it again and let’s all collectively appreciate the raw sex appeal of Scott Speedman in this role.
8. Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise in Interview with the Vampire
Speaking of vampires, Brad and Tom in this movie. Enough said. Not only sexy, but the sexual tension they managed to portray between the two characters could literally be felt in the audience.
9. Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki in Supernatural
Can you even write an article about sexy men in horror without including the Winchester brothers? Hands down, two of the sexiest men in horror for the last decade, Sam and Dean make the CW worth watching.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this list! I love plot and terror is essential, but sometimes, it’s nice to sit back and just watch a sexy man on screen. Until next time, readers, keep it scary!