Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street

Year: 2018
Country: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 95 minutes

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

Special Advance Screening

What is the gayest film ever? “Rocky Horror Picture Show?” “Mommie Dearest?” How about “A Nightmare on Elm Street 2?” Thirty-three years after its release, the horror sequel is still regarded as a gay camp classic, full of homophobic and homoerotic images. For one young actor, it was a true nightmare, effectively ending his film career. SCREAM, QUEEN! MY NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET is a high-energy and thoughtful documentary that picks multiple fights and wins them all. It is the story of Mark Patton, the young gay star of the film. It is the tale of a homophobic and AIDS-phobic 1980s Hollywood. Finally, it is a look at the script of David Chaskin, who claimed there was no gay intent but blamed the film’s gayness on Mark. “Nightmare 2” labeled Mark as the new Scream Queen and forced him into Garbo-like exile. Mark is back now and ready to talk, big time. Full of wonderful film clips and celebrities, this is a defiant and triumphant story that nonetheless cautions today’s LGBTQ community that the nightmare isn’t over. —C.R.

CIFF43 Screenings

Friday, April 05, 2019 at 9:40 PM

Saturday, April 06, 2019 at 11:45 AM

Watch Out! (formerly 10% Cinema)

Nesnadny + Schwartz Portrait Documentary Competition

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Roman Chimienti, Tyler Jensen

Roman Chimienti is a director and sound engineer based in New York City. His extensive audio work has been featured in numerous festivals worldwide, and his audio portfolio includes a number of recognized productions.

Tyler Jensen is a director and editor living in Brooklyn, New York. His short-form documentary and music videos have been featured on Pitchfork, Vice, Boiler Room, Out, The New Yorker, and at the Walker Art Center.


Roman Chimienti, Mark Patton

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Tyler Jensen

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