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Film run time: 1hr 25m
After starring in A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge, Mark Patton left Hollywood behind. More than 30 years later, the film has become a homoerotic cult classic - and its leading man is coming to terms with what he calls the 'ultimate betrayal.'
High-school teen Jesse (Patton) becomes plagued by disturbing nightmares of notorious dream-stalking monster Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund). Freddy sets his sights on possessing Jesse’s body as a means of enacting his revenge against the parents and children of Springwood.
Jack Sholder’s film has become notorious in cult and horror circles as the definitive ‘closeted’ horror text that becomes often hilariously suggestive in its portrayal of the homoerotic relationship between Jesse and Freddy.
Nightmare 2 is also the subject of a forthcoming documentary Scream, Queen: My Nightmare on Elm Street based on Patton’s experience as a young gay actor in 1980s Hollywood.
Queer-Horror academic Dr Darren Elliott-Smith concludes Queer Fears - a day-long conference, made up of visually-illustrated talks - with an introduction to this cult-classic screening.
Tickets for the Queer Fears Symposium - includes access to the evening film screening:
£20 (full) or £15 (concessions and unwaged).
Spaces limited to 50.
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