It’s been 32 years since the second chapter in the genre defining Nightmare on Elm Street franchise debuted. I clearly remember the uproar that quickly followed the films release and the open hatred that was targeted at the film. In the upcoming documentary Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street – the films lead actor – Mark Patton speaks out about how that adverse fan reaction affected him and the price he paid for being an openly gay actor in a world full of prejudice and hatred. The press release explains: “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.” A teaser trailer and some key art have appeared:
No release info to send you way just yet so for now – the poster art is going to have tide you over. Check back for updates.