Join us for the final film event of Reeling 2019! We will end this year’s fest with a screening of SCREAM, QUEEN! MY NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET FILM, to be followed by the closing night party at Chicago Filmmakers. Appetizers and drinks will be served.
At the time of its release, The Advocate dubbed 1985’s A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge the gayest horror film ever made. It also killed the career of the film’s closeted young star, Mark Patton, thanks to the homophobia rampant in Hollywood at the time. In this thought-provoking, entertaining documentary, cameras follow Patton from horror conventions to reunions with his co-stars (including Robert Englund, Freddy Krueger himself), to a long overdue confrontation with the film’s screenwriter – whose homophobic comments at the time helped slam the door on Patton’s promising film career – as Patton attempts to make peace with his past and embrace his legacy as cinema’s first male “scream queen.” Freddy’s Revenge’s status as an LGBTQ cult classic is also examined in this lively, clip-stuffed, probing film. Co-sponsored by the Queer Film Society.