Mark Patton, star of “Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge” Tells All @ qFLIX Philadelphia 2020
“Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge” has easily been called the “gayest horror film ever” and has become a queer horror cult classic. Well get ready Philadelphia because for the 35th anniversary of “Freddy’s Revenge” we’re bringing Mark Patton, who played Jesse Walsh, to qFLIX Philadelphia 2020, March 22-29, on Thursday, March 26, 7:15 PM, at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre, to explain it all.
IndyWire writes, “released in 1985 as the much-anticipated sequel to the wildly popular ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street,’ ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge’ was supposed to be lead actor Mark Patton’s big break. Instead, the actor found himself at the center of one of the gayest horror films ever made, a fate that was not kind to a closeted young man in the 1980s.”
Patton is now telling his story on his own terms in a new documentary titled “Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street,” also screening at qFLIX Philadelphia 2020, on Thursday, March 26, 9:30 PM, at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre.
“Scream, Queen!” reveals how the original film became “a siren song for the queer horror community,” and turned Patton into “the Greta Garbo of horror.”
In 1985, Patton landed the lead in this hotly anticipated sequel to this blockbuster film. It was a dream come true, putting him on track to become a young Hollywood star. But instead Patton found himself facing a stark reality: he was a young, closeted gay man starring in a subversively queer film that was maligned by fans, failed at the box office, and destroyed his career. He retreated from show business and left the country, unaware of the growing reappraisal of ‘Freddy’s Revenge’ and the cult status it achieved in the years following its dismissal.
“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 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.
Don’t miss out on this rare opportunity to watch this queer cult classic on the big screen, get a behind the scenes look from Mark Patton himself in a very special Q & A following the screening of “Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street.”
Following the screenings qFLIX will host a party in honor of Mark Patton.
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