Todd Haynes’s Poison (1991) is a triptych film that tethers intercut stories, “Hero,” “Horror,” and “Homo,” to the themes of sexuality, isolation, and surveillance. The first story “Hero” is shot as a pseudo-documentary, following the disappearance of Richie Beacon, a seven-year-old boy who takes off flying into the sky after shooting and murdering his father. “Horror” is a sci-fi thriller about scientist Dr. Thomas Graves, who isolates the “elixir of human sexuality” in order to study the “mysteries of the sex drive.” After accidentally drinking his concoction, Dr. Graves becomes a fugly, murderous leper. The third narrative is “Homo,” inspired by French author Jean Genet’s short-stories. “Homo” meets longtime thief John Broom in prison, who is obsessively attracted to Jack Bolton, a prisoner he knows from a former boys reformatory school. Upon release, Poison caused controversy, receiving backlash from both the U.S.’s right-wing as well as gay audiences. Poison delivers experimental cinematography to create a conceptual film, which thematically emphasizes the internalized authority that policies queer people and their stories.