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Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street

Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street

At the time of release, The Advocate dubbed 1985’s A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge the gayest horror film ever made. For the film’s closeted young star, Mark Patton, such a tag was a stark reminder about the homophobia rampant in Hollywood at the time—and the painful experience he had making the high-profile film and living through the polarizing critical aftermath.

This new documentary highlights Patton’s time in the horror spotlight, and Patton—who co-produced the film with Roman Chimienti, a NYC-based sound engineer—sets the record straight about the controversial sequel, which ended his acting career just as it was about to begin.

SCREAM, QUEEN! MY NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 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 the 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. The film also discusses Freddy’s Revenge’s status as an LGBTQ cult classic, and illustrates how the career turbulence experienced by Patton—whose résumé includes stints on Broadway and a regarded role in the 1982 film Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean—wasn’t out of the ordinary for the time. “There were plenty of gay actors like me,” says Patton. “They starred in one movie and just disappeared. A whole generation just vanished.”

Saturday, November 23
Doors 6:30 pm | Movie 7:00 pm
Advance tickets $13 HERE | $13 at the door

*Must be 19+ w/ID for entry and bar service.
**Rio Theatre Groupons and passes OK! Please redeem at the door.

SCREAM, QUEEN! MY NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET (Roman Chimienti & Tyler Jensen, 2019 / 100 mins) Scream, Queen! examines the infamous homoerotic subtext and the special place the film holds in the Nightmare franchise as well as the gay film canon. Partly in thanks to evolving social mores, Nightmare on Elm Street 2 – which was considered controversial at the time of its release – is now being looked back upon with a new appreciation and fondness by horror aficionados and fans of the series.

The Last Picture Show

The Last Picture Show

Join us at the Rio Theatre for a double bill highlighting two great performances from an enduring actor’s career that we can totally abide by: Jeff Bridges. At 6:30 pm we’ll be screening Peter Bogdanovich‘s work of sentimental 50’s coming-of-age drama THE LAST PICTURE SHOW, followed by John Carpenter‘s sci-fi romance STARMAN at 9:00 pm.… Continue Reading

The Return of the Living Dead

The Return of the Living Dead

Join us at the Rio Theatre for a Friday Late Night screening of 80s horror comedy classic The Return of the Living Dead, a (totally true!) story of two bumbling employees at a medical supply warehouse who accidentally release a deadly gas into the air – when the vapors cause the dead to rise again… Continue Reading

Tangerine

Tangerine

Director Sean Baker’s TANGERINE wowed the crowd’s at this year’s Sundance Film Festival for both its thematic content and innovative technical approach; the entire film was shot using only three iPhone 5s phones. Tuesday, August 11 Doors 9:00 | Movie 9:15 Thursday, August 13 Doors 6:30 | Movie 7:00 Tickets $10 advance / $12 door… Continue Reading

Tangerine

Tangerine

Director Sean Baker’s TANGERINE wowed the crowd’s at this year’s Sundance Film Festival for both its thematic content and innovative technical approach; the entire film was shot using only three iPhone 5s phones. Sunday, August 9 & Monday, August 10 Doors 6:30 | Movie 7:00 pm Tuesday, August 11 Doors 9:00 | Movie 9:15 Thursday,… Continue Reading