October 17 – 18

100 MIN

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A Nightmare on Elm Street rocked the horror scene of the ‘80s and its sequel was no different. Unconventional in nature, the gay subtext of Freddy’s Revenge is undeniable and made budding star Mark Patton the first male scream queen at a time when homophobia and AIDS-phobia were rampant in Hollywood. Instead of bolstering his career, the homoerotic undertones of the sequel stopped it in its tracks. Yet in the changing cultural climate since the movie’s release, Patton has gone from outcast to gay horror icon. Using his newfound platform (and his hard-won self-acceptance) to inspire an embrace of otherness in the horror culture that once excluded him, Patton claims his crown as the reigning scream queen of the ‘80s. -EM