Sunday, July 29, 2012
Movie from the Vault: Zorro the Gay Blade
This is another example of a movie I saw when I was younger and it didn't occur to me until I was much older how offensive the concept was. Here's the premise: Zorro (played by George Hamilton) is injured in the course of defending the defenseless, but there's still a baddie who needs to be dealt with. So Zorro calls on his gay brother to take on the mantle of Zorro while he recovers. The brother soups up the suit with satin and tassels, trades in the sword for a whip, and reinvents Zorro in a more flamboyant fashion.
I loved this movie when I was a kid and I didn't think it was anything other than a funny adventure movie. Not sure how well it holds up in today's world and it's certainly more of an exploitation film than anything else. But I recently remembered that this movie existed and decided to pass it along.