A Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge has been dubbed by many as “the gayest horror movie ever made” and, I think many would argue, for very good reason. The subtext is quite hard to dismiss and the film has some overtly sexual tones to it that push boundaries many other horror films don’t dare cross. Still, it helped cement slasher Freddy Krueger as a horror icon but did nothing for star Mark Patton, who faded into obscurity after the release of the film. That’s about to change thanks to the upcoming documentary Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street, which will focus on Patton and the three decades since the film came out (no pun intended).
Directed by Roman Chimienti and Tyler Jensen, the film will interview Patton as well as celebrities, film historians, and fans to gain a better understanding of the film and how views have changed as time has passed. Now that society is more accepting of the gay community, the film is being seen in a new light, one that couldn’t happen upon its initial release.
To give you a sample of the documentary, we’ve got teaser footage from the film as well as the exclusive reveal of the film’s poster by artist Matt Ryan Tobin!
Tobin explains, “I’ve always considered Nightmare on Elm Street 2 it to be one of the best in the Elm Street series. As an adult, I became aware of the film’s pretty conspicuous subtexts and later learned of the turmoil behind the camera. Although the poster pays a fun upbeat retro tribute to Mark’s iconic dance sequence, it’s underlying meaning is something darker, taboo, and much more provocative. I’m fascinated to see what’s behind the veil that Mark is going to pull back.”
Chimienti adds, “Tyler and I have witnessed an ever-growing relevancy to our story as it pertains to current events. We have relentlessly shifted gears as we followed Mark’s story within a story, and expanded it to include current events and unexpected life changes.”
As for the status of the film, it’s near completion. There was a recent test screening, after which Jensen stated, “We could have easily slapped together a fan film with a message, but know that this would be doing a disservice to the integrity of Mark’s story and all of the people that it includes.”
You can see everything below and make sure to follow the film on its official website.
In 1985, Mark Patton starred in what later generations would dub “the gayest horror movie ever made,” A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge. The sequel made Freddy Krueger into a pop culture icon, but Patton was never heard from again. After 30 years of living in near obscurity, Patton is back to talk about how his American Dream became a nightmare during the homophobic AIDS crisis in Hollywood and why he had to give it all up.