Inside Out 2019: Our Review of ‘Scream, Queen! My Nightmare On Elm Street’

Posted in Festival Coverage, Inside Out 2019, Movies by - May 27, 2019
Inside Out 2019: Our Review of ‘Scream, Queen! My Nightmare On Elm Street’

Mark Patton is a renewed star with a lion’s share of perseverance.

In the documentary Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street, we follow him as he takes the pain of a ruined career in an unforgiving era of homophobia and brings it full circle with his newfound popularity and rebirth of the infamous second “gay” Elm Street film, Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge.

Patton was confident of his sexuality and what he wanted from a young age.  Leaving a small town to head to New York and Hollywood, he made a place for himself with his good looks and talent without having to make his homosexuality an issue. When his star rose with his lead role in Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge, he thought this was the start of his acting career, but the horror film became one of the most hated of it’s time and with the AIDS epidemic starting, the film created a conundrum with an obviously gay subtext and fear of all things homosexual. His promising career took a nosedive when he would never again be cast as “straight” and he retreated from acting all together. A recent resurgence of the 80s horror flick brought him back to the delight of horror fans both gay and straight, and he took the opportunity to tell his story.

Filmmakers Roman Chimienti and Tyler Jensen follow Patton as he navigates his renewed fame; recounting his story and fall from the spotlight he felt was fueled by Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge screenwriter, David Chaskin. Highlights include a reunion with his Nightmare on Elm Street 2’s cast, his graceful handling of loss and deep-seated resentment for the homophobic treatment he received as a young man, a final confrontation with Chaskin and Patton’s Zen-like charm.

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