PRINT October 1994


Poster Girls

BILLED AS THE FILM you want to see but never will, Straight to Hell looks like a composite of afternoon talk shows and action, made-for-TV, and B movies: quintessential sailors in dress whites, so clean you could eat off them, parade around, a slender collection of almost heroes. But in an expansion of the arena for heroics, vigilantism on a par with Charles Bronson and Sly Stallone replaces the restrained gays-in-the-military debate between mostly-gay-white military poster-boys and sympathetic TV hosts. “She came out. So the army kicked her out. Now she’s out for blood,” the slogan runs. The purging of homosexuals from the armed forces becomes the last perfect plot.

Straight to Hell, the film you want to see (or may not, depending on your tolerance for violence) but never will, is part of a wider campaign created by Dyke Action Machine! (DAM!) to challenge the compulsory heterosexuality

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