Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street ★★★

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A fascinating portrait of an actor cast away from Hollywood and society in the midst of closeted sexuality and the AIDS crisis. What's most interesting is how it explores Mark Patton's return to horror conventions and the community spotlight not simply as an honest portrayal of easy money, but a reclaiming of the film's text away from those who denied its gay themes. Patton's confrontation with the writer who stated that the film was designed for 'homophobia' and not a genuine expression of closeted sexuality is powerful, and it shines a light on the time in which a gay actor was blamed for the film's failures. It's not very impressive in form but Mark Patton is a great subject and the history is complex. Definitely seek it out if you're a fan of NOES2 like me.