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Genre: Documentary

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.

Dosed

Dosed

After many years of prescription medications failed her, a suicidal woman turns to underground healers to try and overcome her depression, anxiety, and opioid addiction with illegal psychedelic medicine like magic mushrooms and iboga. Adrianne’s first dose of psilocybin mushrooms catapulted her into an unexpected world of healing where plant medicines are redefining our understanding… Continue Reading

Inmate #1: The Rise of Danny Trejo

Inmate #1: The Rise of Danny Trejo

With nearly 400 film and television credits since 1985, Danny Trejo is one of the most prolific and recognizable actors around. But his remarkable ascent to beloved Hollywood hero notorious for tough guy roles in HEAT, BREAKING BAD, and the MACHETE series was as hard-earned as it was unexpected. In this moving, funny, and revealing portrait, Trejo candidly… Continue Reading

Fantastic Fungi

Fantastic Fungi

Directed by award-winning filmmaker and pioneer of time-lapse photography, Louie Schwartzberg (Moving Art, Wings of Life, Mysteries of the Unseen Worlds 3D Imax), Fantastic Fungi is an immersive experience that will inspire a shift in consciousness and a renewed love of nature. The screening will be followed by an inspirational conversation with film director Louie… Continue Reading

Reel Causes: My Dads, My Moms, and Me

Reel Causes: My Dads, My Moms, and Me

Reel Causes is thrilled to present MY DADS, MY MOMS, AND ME, a film that follows three BC families on their parenthood journey. In her 2007 documentary FATHERHOOD DREAMS, Julia Ivanova chronicled the touching and challenging journeys of four gay men who each made the decision to become parents after Canada legalized same-sex marriage. Married… Continue Reading

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool

Miles Davis: Horn player, bandleader, innovator.  Elegant, intellectual, vain. Callous, conflicted, controversial. Magnificent, mercurial. Genius. The very embodiment of cool. The man with a sound so beautiful it could break your heart. The central theme of Miles Davis’s life was his restless determination to break boundaries and live life on his own terms. It made… Continue Reading

VIMFF 2019 Presents Reel Rock 14

VIMFF 2019 Presents Reel Rock 14

Presented by the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival The Reel Rock Film Tour, one of climbing’s greatest celebrations, returns this fall with a new collection of world premiere films. In The High Road, the powerful and bold Nina Williams tests herself on some of the highest, most difficult boulder problems ever climbed. In United States… Continue Reading

System Entertainment Presents Nebeska Tema

System Entertainment Presents Nebeska Tema

NEBESKA TEMA – PRICA O VLADI DIVLJANU CANADIAN PREMIERE Sunday, October 20 Doors 12:00 pm | Movie 12:30 pmSingle tickets $20.00 advance and at the door HERE *Must be 19+ w/ID for entry and bar service. Sorry, Rio Theatre Groupons and passes not accepted for this event. NEBESKA TEMA is a documentary with elements of… Continue Reading

Memory: The Origins of Alien

Memory: The Origins of Alien

A contemplation on the symbiotic collaborative process of movie-making, the power of myth, and the collective unconscious, MEMORY: THE ORIGINS OF ALIEN unearths the largely untold origin story behind Ridley Scott’s cinematic masterpiece, and reveals a treasure trove of never-before-seen materials from the archives of Dan O’Bannon and H.R. Giger — including original story notes,… Continue Reading

Faction Presents: The Collective

Faction Presents: The Collective

Faction is pumped to bring you our second full feature film: THE COLLECTIVE. Come and check it out on the big screen at our Vancouver Premiere, and share a night to remember with our collective. Expect thrills, spills, giveaways and loads more surprises! Adventuring to undiscovered peaks together, plotting midnight-raids on inner-city handrails, lapping your… Continue Reading