Written by Patti Pauley
We here at iHorror are obviously batshit crazy over The Nightmare On Elm Street series and pretty much anything attached to it. However, A Nightmare On Elm Street 2 seems to be the black sheep of the franchise and often gets a tongue lashing from critics and fans alike. Many have stated the film has a hidden agenda tiptoeing around the homosexual lifestyle – The basic premise for the film is Freddy trying to fully immerse himself in a teenage boy’s body.
That doesn’t sound gay at all.
Ok all kidding aside, it is widely considered one of the most homoerotic films of the horror genre, and in my opinion extremely underrated. Mark Patton has always been one of my favorite scream queens- I mean the guy can really shatter some windows! Given the underlying subject matter, it was quite taboo for the early 80’s and quite ballsy on their part to release it as is and for that I commend them entirely. The documentary, Scream Queen! My Nightmare On Elm Street directed by Tyler Jensen not only takes a look at the film and its reception, but also explores the gay subculture in the 80s and the journey of Mark Patton in forcing to hide his sexuality in the Hollywood spotlight. The doc also features interviews with the cast from the film including Kim Myers and of course Robert Englund.
From the official Kickstarter page:
This is not your typical Nightmare On Elm Street documentary. Whether you’re a horror fan or a gay advocate, Scream, Queen! has something to offer to everyone. We delve into a deeper subject of A Nightmare on Elm Street 2 that has been at the forefront for years, yet no one has fully explored. This is a story not just about Mark Patton, the star of A Nightmare On Elm Street 2, but about Hollywood’s gay subculture in the 1980s. For months we have been following Mark Patton around getting intimate accounts of how the backlash of NOES2 has deeply affected his life. From its release in 1985, fans and critics have raised an eyebrow at the not-so-subtle hints of Jesse Walsh’s sexuality. Did this create the whirlwind of questions that set the film so far apart from all the others in its series? Village Voice publication was the first to officially comment on the film’s gay subtext, releasing a landslide of both good and bad commentary from fans and critics worldwide. In 1985 being gay in Hollywood could cost you your career. Now 30 years later, Scream, Queen! is asking why?
Interviews with celebrities, film historians and fans allow Scream, Queen! to bring audiences a deeper understanding of the social atmosphere when A Nightmare On Elm Street 2 was released in 1985. The film explores the wide range of reactions elicited by the controversial movie – and how those reactions compare to those of today’s audiences.
This year marking the 30th anniversary of the release of A Nightmare On Elm Street 2, we were able to capture the reunion of the entire cast and listen in on their candid panel discussion. This exclusive footage will be especially valuable to fans of NOES2.
Now, I myself think this is a very important documentary that’s been a long time coming and would love to see it make its quota. The campaign has set a very reasonable goal of only 49,000 by October 21 to get this bad boy finished and onto your home screens. If you wish to back this beautiful idea, you can pledge by heading over the official Kickstarter page by clicking here!
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