New Dorian Award Winner for LGBTQ Documentary of the Year about Polarizing ’80s Horror Sequel and Gay Cult Classic is available on most digital platforms. Here is the official trailer!
Virgil Films & Entertainment is releasing Tyler Jensen and Roman Chimienti’s new documentary Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street about the classic fright fest film The Advocate dubbed as “the gayest horror film ever made”; 1985’s A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge.
“I was not an out gay actor in 1985. Nobody was. Hollywood was very homophobic and AIDSphobic, and when you signed on for roles they often gave you a blood test. So, if you were gay, you were hiding. I was a 25 year old man, working very hard to have a career…and it was terrifying.”—Mark Patton
For the film’s closeted young star, Mark Patton, such a tag was a stark reminder about the homophobia rampant in Hollywood at the time—and the painful experience he had making the high-profile film and living through the polarizing critical aftermath.
Scream, Queen! follows Patton as he travels to horror conventions across the U.S. Each new city unwraps a chapter from his life that is met with equal parts joyful and bittersweet detail, as he attempts to make peace with his past and embrace his legacy as cinema’s first male “scream queen.” Scream, Queen! also finds Patton confronting the Freddy’s Revenge cast and crew for the first time, including co-stars Robert Rusler, Kim Myers and Clu Gulager, as well as Freddy Krueger himself, Robert Englund.
The film also discusses Freddy’s Revenge ‘s status as an LGBTQ cult classic, and illustrates how the career turbulence experienced by Patton—whose résumé includes stints on Broadway and a regarded role in the 1982 film Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean —wasn’t out of the ordinary for the time. “There were plenty of gay actors like me,” says Patton. “They starred in one movie and just disappeared. A whole generation just vanished.”