The controversial and oh-so-hot 1980s gay slasher film Cruising is now a children’s playset! Now you, your impressionable young son and his “friend” can relive the excitement and danger of the pre-HIV New York City gay leather bar scene right in your own home.
The commercial for the thankfully fake children’s playset (below) shows two kids racing a van along an electronic racetrack. Attached to the racetrack are a miniature city block — complete with a gay bar named “The Clog” — and a wondering stranger. Simply get the cruisey stranger and the miniature van driver to “lock eyes” and then use the electronic handheld set to decode which hanky code the stranger is flagging.
After that, if the stranger approaches the truck, you’ve won and can presumably have sex and kill him — just like the murderer in the film; fun! But watch out for the cops!
Here’s the video for the Cruising home playset:
As we said, the toy is fake, but we love the father’s increasingly worried face as he realizes his son is playing a game that involves mentions of watersports and a hairy leather queen dressed up like a cop.
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When it was first released in 1980, William Friedkin’s erotic crime thriller film was greeted by protests from the gay community for what they felt was a negative depiction that would harm gay men. The film doesn’t actually depict the gay community negatively — it merely depicts a cruisey leather bar and public sex in a matter-of-fact way. But since there weren’t many other depictions of gay people in the media at all, let alone positive depictions, protestor saw the film as harmful and exploitative.
The film has since been hailed as one of the hottest and honest depictions of leather bar culture ever committed to film.
In 2012, James Franco and gay erotic director Travis Mathews collaborated on a modern day interpretation of Cruising entitled Interior. Leather Bar. which focused on a young actor’s homophobia and uneasiness with gay sex while filming a recreation of 40-minutes of explicit sexual footage cut from the original 1980s film.