Exposing the Backside of 2011’s Shark Night!

Published November 19, 2012 by biggayhorrorfan


On occasion, Big Gay Horror Fan is so typically human – totally wanting what he obviously cannot have! Just look at me, daily, obsessing over all those cocky straight guys at the gym! Oh, well! At the very least, it’s an enjoyable torture.

Much like watching adorable Chris Zylka (Piranha 3DD, Kaboom, The Secret Circle) in his opening moments in 2011’s deliciously ridiculous Shark Night. As cocky model Blake, he flirts outrageously with an art student, fully exposing his toned buttocks to the camera. He even jiggles them, athletically, at one point, for the amused yet completely embarrassed object of his affection. He knows he’s hot. We know we could never have him. Still, it’s fun, all the same!

I believe this silly moment is socially significant on a weird level, though. Granted, as a filmic exercise, Shark Night, is bit confused. A PG-13 film about a variety of blood thirsty sharks gnawing on college kids can’t really go the visceral distance. The concept, though, would seemingly be a draw to young men expecting another breast laced Piranha rip-off. But, besides a brief side shot of Katherine McPhee removing her bra, Zylka’s is the only major nudity in the film (and is even repeated in an energetically, fun mock rap video featuring the cast at the end of credit scroll). Were the producers trying to appeal to a female (and gay audience), here? Is male nudity finally being given equal consideration in genre films? (I kind of doubt that one, but it’s interesting to consider.)Or did writers Will Hayes and Jesse Studenberg and director David Hayes simply feel it was a good character based introduction as Zylka’s character is a sexually confidant cock-of-the-walk who is constantly preening?

Whatever the answer, it is a significant moment for those in the know. (And, apparently, it was a memorable one, as well. It was often mentioned in on online reviews and articles on the film.)

Zylka was, also, significantly oft naked in Gregg Araki’s colorful Kaboom – as evidenced by the film’s trailer:

Meanwhile, Big Gay Horror Fan is always available (though, usually, clothed) at http://www.facebook.com/#!/BigGayHorrorFan, as well!

Until the next time – SWEET love and pink GRUE, Big Gay Horror Fan!

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