Scream, Queen! | A Nightmare on Elm Street 2
When: Friday, October 11th @ 9:30 pm
Where: Row House Cinema (4115 Butler Street)
Runtime: 1 Hour 39 Minutes | 1 Hour 27 Minutes
About the Film
For Mark Patton, the lead role in Nightmare on Elm Street 2 should have been a dream come true. The first film was met with overwhelming success, and Patton was well-situated to to become a Hollywood leading man. However, because the film took an approach that was well before its time, and it flopped and ended Patton’s acting career. This documentary follows the story of the film and the highly homophobic social context of its release.
Nightmare on Elm Street 2 replaced the usual ‘scream queen’ with a male character, which was already a challenge to the horror movie trope. Added to this were several sexually-charged moments, from Patton posing in his underwear, to tense scenes with Freddy Krueger himself. The movie was released at the height of the AIDS scare, during which closeted actors were being outed by vicious paparazzi taking advantage of homophobic panic. Viewed through the lens of history, these choices look deliberate.
Hear the perspectives of the filmmakers, as well as Freddy himself, Robert Englund; David Chaskin, the writer who may have included the homoerotic subtext on purpose; as well as Mark Patton, who discusses how this experience drove him to quit acting.
This film is part of a double feature. Watch the documentary, and then stay for a screening of Nightmare on Elmstreet 2: Freddy’s Revenge, and determine for yourself whether it’s the first gay horror movie ever made.
Directors: Roman Chimienti + Tyler Jensen