“Something is trying to get inside my body!”
A Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge may have been slated by critics on release, but it’s gained a cult following thanks in no small part to it heavy gay subtext, which has been analysed countless times over the years.
What gay subtext, you ask? How about the time lead character Jesse wonders into an S&M leather bar, or that unforgettable scene where his gym teacher is tied up in the showers and whipped with towels across his bare butt.
It’s all led to the film being dubbed ‘the gayest horror movie ever made’.
But while the sequel helped cement Freddy Krueger’s status as a pop culture icon, it’s other star, Mark Patton, struggled during a time of extreme homophobia at the height of the AIDS epidemic, and was rarely heard from again.
“I was a golden child. I was going to be a movie star,” Patton says in the trailer for new documentary Scream, Queen! My Nightmare On Elm Street, which looks at the homoerotic undertones of the film and the aftermath of its release.
“[Then] I wake up in the middle of the first movie that I’m the lead actor in, and realise there’s a gay subtext in it.
“I wasn’t an out gay actor, I was a gay person and I was living in terror – my lover was dying, people went through our trash, and my agents are waiting to see if I can play straight.”
There’s currently no release date set for the documentary, but it’s already had a test screening – you can keep an eye on their Facebook page for updates.
Watch the trailer below.