Shudder Takes On Elm Street and Pride Month With ‘Scream, Queen!’

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The Shudder June 2020 lineup has a little something for everyone, and Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street is arriving just in time for Pride Month.

The documentary centers around Mark Patton – the closeted star of Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge – and his struggle following the release of the film.

Here’s the official synopsis:

“In 1985, Mark Patton landed the lead in the hotly anticipated sequel to the blockbuster film A Nightmare on Elm Street. It was a dream come true, putting him on track to become a young Hollywood star.

But instead, Patton found himself facing a stark reality: he was a young, closeted gay man starring in a subversively queer film that was maligned by fans, failed at the box office, and destroyed his career.

He retreated from show business and left the country, unaware of the growing reappraisal of Freddy’s Revenge and the cult status it achieved in the years following its dismissal.”

“Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street brings Patton out of hiding after 30 years, finally ready to embrace the film and confront his own demons by telling his story.

The documentary also examines how attitudes towards the controversial sequel have changed along with the social mores of both Hollywood and society.

Interviews with celebrities, film historians, local icon Peaches Christ, and the original cast and crew—including Freddy Krueger himself, Robert Englund—round out this exploration into how the gayest horror film of all time ever got made.”

Even with its initial panning, Freddy’s Revenge has become a respected part of the Elm Street universe.

With a 5.5 rating on IMDb, it’s far from the worst film in the series. If you have no inclination to watch the film again, though, you’ll be happy to know that Scream, Queen! earned a 7.4 on IMDb.

 

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Curt has been an avid horror fan since sneaking the VHS of "Child's Play" out of his parents' room at the age of 8. Now he gets his jollies from found footage, B horror flicks, and films that couldn't pull off a theatrical release.