New Horror Documentary, Scream Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street aims to shed a light on the gay experience in the Horror genre. And, using Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge as its shining beacon, the film aims to bring a deeper understanding of the social and political climate back in 1985.
Ah, the 80’s. A simpler time. Cold war shenanigans, mullet rock, and homo-repressed media. The latter of which can be found no more apparent than in 1984’s A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge. As a film in the Freddy franchise, it falls short in many places, but as a movie depicting homoerotic subtext in the form of our hero confronting his sexuality, it is a complete gem. As both a Nightmare fan, and a homo/horrorsexual, I consider it to be a crowning achievement in cinema.
Many of the movie’s themes went unnoticed during the time of its release. However, for those who were “in the mo“, the underlying message was as clear as day. Everything from the scene depicting the gym teacher’s death at the hands of snapping towels, to the flamboyantly over the top dancing scene in Jesse’s room cemented this film as the cinematic equivalent of Barry Manilow’s career until circa 2017. How could people have been so blind to what was right in their faces this whole time…
Naturally when news about Scream Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street was announced it sparked a lot of interest. Talk about this project had been buzzing around for a few years, but it’s finally coming out of the closet! The teaser and a retro poster mock-up for the doc dropped earlier this month. With the recent surge of interest in horror movies thanks to It, and the undeniably more accepting views on gay people, this project’s release is set up perfectly.
While the gay undertones of Scream Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street play a big part in the structure of the teaser and the poster, it seems as though a lot of it will deal with Patton’s emotional journey before, during, and after the movie. He was a closeted homosexual during the filming of A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge. We also have to remember that this was back when Hollywood was far from accepting to the plight of the homosexual, during the height of the AIDS crisis in America at the time.
“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.”
No official release date has been set yet, but one can only wait with bated breath to see when this film will hit VOD. Until then, we can all watch Jesse’s dance on repeat. If you would like be aware of updates on Scream Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street, please visit their website.