Released in 1985, the Jack Sholder-directed A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge took the franchise down a very interesting path in only its second installment, focused on Freddy Krueger’s attempt to possess and overtake the body of a young man.
That man was played by actor Mark Patton, whose story will soon be told.
While Freddy’s Revenge, dubbed “the gayest horror movie ever made,” cemented Freddy as a pop-culture icon, 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…
“A documentary film focusing on the gay experience in Hollywood horror, Scream, Queen! My Nightmare On Elm Street explores how that experience has changed in the three decades since Mark Patton’s controversial portrayal of Jesse Walsh, the object of Freddy Krueger’s latent desire in Nightmare on Elm Street 2. Scream, Queen! examines the infamous homoerotic subtext and the special place the film holds in the Nightmare franchise as well as the gay film canon. Partly in thanks to evolving social mores, Nightmare on Elm Street 2 – which was considered controversial at the time of its release – is now being looked back upon with a new appreciation and fondness by horror aficionados and fans of the series.
Thirty years later, join Mark as he asks what all the fuss was about when teenager Jesse Walsh danced just a little too freely and screamed a little too loudly while running from everybody’s favorite crispy, wise-cracking villain. Scream, Queen! features interviews with celebrities, film historians and fans to bring a deeper understanding of the social and political climate back when the film was released in 1985, as well as the positive and negative reactions it received – and how those reactions compare to the reactions of today’s audiences.”
Check out the new teaser and poster below, the latter designed by Matt Ryan Tobin.
Roman Chimienti and Tyler Jensen directed the doc.