‘Scream, Queen: My Nightmare On Elm Street’ Is A Good Doc For Pride Month
Scream, Queen: My Nightmare On Elm Street
Director: Roman Chimienti, Tyler Jensen
Voice Over Written by: Michael Beard, Clint Catalyst, Leo Herrera Justin Lockwood
Producers: Roman Chimienti, Bill Nugent, Matthew Chojnacki
Released On Shudder
It’s Pride month, and I though I myself am not gay I know a few people who are, so I was trying to find a way to be an ally in any way I can. Thankfully, Shudder decided to be a good ally as well and release the documentary Scream, Queen: My Nightmare On Elm Street. The homoerotic subtext of Nightmare On Elm Street Part 2 has long been a topic of conversation in the Horror community, sadly a lot of it negative. Personally, even if the subtext wasn’t there (and it’s there. I missed it when I first saw it, but once you’re made aware of it it’s hard to miss) I don’t begrudge a group of people for claiming something as their own. Same thing for Top Gun, and I still like both of those movies. That’s one thing I don’t understand, NOES 2 is twice as good as any of the sequels, barring 3, and it’s treated like a lesser entry. NOES 2 is closer to the original tone of Wes Craven’s masterpiece, Freddy Krueger is the closest we get in the sequels to his original personality-the one that made him scary rather than a buffoon. But Scream, Queen isn’t necessarily the story of NOES 2, it’s the story of its star, Mark Patton, and why he chose to disappear for 27 years.
The movie goes into his early life, leaving for New York, immediately becoming a commercial actor, and being cast in a Broadway show with Cher (Later turned into a Robert Altman film). Then Nightmare On Elm Street Part 2 happened. It wasn’t so much that people thought the movie was bad, but that homoerotic subtext (the joke was that it was just text) in a homophobic age. By the way if you ever want to feel embarrassed about some horror fans, read the comments under clips from this movie. Then a few things happened in quick succession: David Chaskin basically outed Mark to take the heat off himself, the AIDS epidemic hit hard, making it hard for gay actors to get work, and his lover informed him that he had AIDS and possibly gave him the disease (Mark Patton did get HIV). He ran away to Mexico, basically to die. This movie in effect is about how Patton was pulled out of his darkness with love, and how he reconciled with his place in horror history.
It’s a fascinating movie, and a good companion piece to the documentary Never Sleep Again. If you have Shudder this is a good doc to watch for Pride Month. It also features a person whose drag name is Peaches Christ, which is just the best drag name you could possibly have.