This is not your typical Nightmare On Elm Street documentary. Whether you’re a horror fan or a gay advocate, Scream, Queen! has something to offer to everyone. We delve into a deeper subject of A Nightmare on Elm Street 2
that has been at the forefront for years, yet no one has fully
explored. This is a story not just about Mark Patton, the star of A Nightmare On Elm Street 2,
but about Hollywood’s gay subculture in the 1980s. For months we have
been following Mark Patton around getting intimate accounts of how the
backlash of NOES2 has deeply affected his life. From its release
in 1985, fans and critics have raised an eyebrow at the not-so-subtle
hints of Jesse Walsh’s sexuality. Did this create the whirlwind of
questions that set the film so far apart from all the others in its
series? Village Voice publication was the first to officially comment on
the film’s gay subtext, releasing a landslide of both good and bad
commentary from fans and critics worldwide. In 1985 being gay in
Hollywood could cost you your career. Now 30 years later, Scream, Queen! is asking why?
Interviews with celebrities, film historians and fans allow Scream, Queen! to bring audiences a deeper understanding of the social atmosphere when A Nightmare On Elm Street 2
was released in 1985. The film explores the wide range of reactions
elicited by the controversial movie – and how those reactions compare to
those of today’s audiences.
This year marking the 30th anniversary of the release of A Nightmare On Elm Street 2,
we were able to capture the reunion of the entire cast and listen in on
their candid panel discussion. This exclusive footage will be
especially valuable to fans of NOES2.
Following his appearance in the 2010 documentary Never Sleep Again: An Elm Street Legacy – which clarified that the gay subtext of NOES2 was not simply due to openly gay actor Mark Patton’s portrayal of Jesse Walsh, as critics and audiences had believed, but was intentionally put in by screenwriter David Chaskin – Patton began touring horror
conventions, where he was lauded as mainstream cinema’s first male “scream queen”. He donates most of his appearance fees to HIV treatment groups and charities benefiting LGBT youth such as The Trevor Project.
Putting on the Dish Written & Directed by Brian Fairbairn and Karl Eccleston, 2015
London, 1962. Two strangers strike up a conversation on a park bench about life, sex and the hostile world they find themselves in as gay men. The conversation might be commonplace, but the language isn’t, because the two men are speaking in Polari.
Polari was a form of slang spoken by some gay men in Britain prior to the decriminalisation of homosexuality in 1967. Used primarily as a coded way for them to discuss their experiences, it quickly fell out of use in the 70s, although several words entered mainstream English and are still used today.
Shedding light on a little-known and fascinating slice of gay history, this film is a darkly comic exploration of oppression, resilience and gay subculture in 1960s England.
[above: 17th century illustration of the Tuileries Garden, a popular location for cruising]
“The general French perception in the 18th century was that aristocratic persons commonly succumbed to what was known as le beau vice [intimate relations between the same sex]. The police, however, increased their attempts to suppress homosexuality in the general population, including through entrapment and police harassment. Yet a gay subculture still managed a palpable, though marginal, existence. There were gay taverns in Paris, as well as known places for cruising, such as Pont Neuf and the Tuileries gardens. It is likely that this era’s move away from the death penalty for sodomy helped in the preservation of this subculture.”
— Brent L. Pickett, Historical Dictionary of Homosexuality. Emphasis added.
Nan Goldin, born 1953, is an american photographer whose work is in an influence in my practice because I use photography in the early stages of my work before I make them into drawings and prints. Her work is an experience of the post punk music scene, and post stonewall gay subculture of New York City in the late 70’s. Her work captures experiences in clubs and galleries with friends, drag queens, death and illness, and personal experiences in her life.
- don’t tip but can clearly afford to (in America and countries where this is a normal practice anyway)
- are rude to tradies (ie. plumbers, electricians)
- are just generally awful to people who are doing things for them that they can’t do for themselves
- think that their intelligence or job or grades or their dress sense somehow makes them better than you
- refuse to acknowledge other peoples issues when they have been informed about them because it’s not happening to them and they’ll never be in that position, so who cares?
- mental/physical/sexual/other types of abusers of people or animals
Don’t just decide to hate people because of how they look or how they dress or who they love or what they enjoy doing or what they enjoy listening to or how much sex they have or where they’re from or if they’re male or if they’re female or if they’re neither or if they’re both or if they’re just not your cup of tea.
I feel like this is all so new again, even though its not. this is my worst subject, my most feared area. I have been working on it for years, and i thought i made progress. im once again making the same mistakes, I’m back to square one, im back to wondering what i already know about. my main problem is I’m afraid i wont be accepted by the gay community, that i will be deemed as ugly and never find a mate. perhaps a irrational fear it still haunts me. Im scared people will judge me for being gay before they know me, that my patients will flee and not want a gay doctor, that my sexuality could hinder my success. that my family will hate me, that they will never see me as a person because all they will see is my sexuality. I fear that too accept it I have to flaunt it, that i have to be extreme that i have to prove it is right, instead of just knowing it is. that i will have to fight off opposition instead of enjoying what i am. when will things change, how can they. i don’t have any gay friends, I am detached from my subculture. The truth is my subculture intimidates me, because im so scared they will not accept me, and if they do only accept me as a person and never all a challenger for a mate.