Courtesy of Deadline, a documentary examining the accidental LGBTQ legacy of Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge from the perspective of its then-closeted gay star Mark Patton has been picked up for distribution by Virgil Films & Entertainment.
Scream, Queen! My Nightmare On Elm Street recounts Patton’s difficulties filming the 1985 slasher sequel, which, according to the outlet, put the actor “through a range of salacious on-screen ordeals designed to whet the homophobic appetites (conscious or otherwise) of 1980’s audiences.”
Freddy’s Revenge was largely panned by critics, but its $30 million box office gross was more than enough to secure the survival of what later became a half-billion-dollar global franchise. Despite poor critical reception and the inevitable onslaught on future follow-ups, the first sequel has since garnered cult status for its unintentional LGBTQ representation. The Advocate has described it as “the gayest horror film ever made” while Virgil, a specialty outfit whose recent releases include We Are Columbine as well as Clarence Clemons: Who Do I think I Am?, calls Patton “the first male ‘scream queen.’”
The company describes the doc, which is directed by Roman Chimienti and Tyler Jensen:
“[It] follows the former actor — who says he quit show business due to the trauma of the production — to horror conventions across the U.S. He tries to make peace with the experience and confronts the Freddy’s Revenge cast and crew for the first time. Conversations with co-stars Robert Rusler, Kim Myers and Clu Gulager are featured, as well as one with Robert Englund, who made his career playing Freddy Krueger.”
In announcing its annual Dorian Awards this week, the Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics named Scream, Queen as its LGBTQ Documentary of the Year. Virgil plans a limited theatrical release in the coming weeks and will put it out on DVD and digitally on March 3.
What do you make of this news? Is Scream, Queen! My Nightmare On Elm Street something you’d be interested in checking out? Do you even like the second Nightmare On Elm Street movie? Sound off in the comments below and let me know your thoughts on this topic!