I’ve always considered the “black sheep” of the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise to be the scariest of the bunch; while Part 2 broke the rules by unleashing Freddy into the “real world” there was something about the idea of being possessed by The Springwood Slasher that I found singularly terrifying. But A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge (directed by Jack Sholder) is infamous for another reason; in the decades since its, it’s been called “The gayest horror movie ever made” and is seen as a metaphor for emerging homosexuality.
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While Sholder claims he was oblivious to the film’s flaming subtext, actor Mark Patton (who played Jesse Walsh) was well aware of his own sexuality and the parallel he was bringing to Freddy’s Revenge. The backstory is addressed in Never Sleep Again, the definitive Elm Street documentary, but Patton is the focus of a new nonfiction film: Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street.
Per Dread Central:
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.
We don’t have a specific release date yet, but check out the trailer and synopsis for Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street, below.
Official Synopsis: 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.