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Release Date: April 26th, 2022 Movie Release Year: 2019

Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street

Overview -

Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street is a 2019 documentary following the journey of actor Mark Patton who was driven out of Hollywood after the backlash of his portrayal of a gay leading man in A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge. One part dissection of the homoerotic elements of the film and one part testimonial, the documentary is a deeply personal account from the first gay horror icon. The Blu-ray from ETR Media and Vinegar Syndrome offers a solid A/V package and a wealth of special features. Worth A Look.

Scream Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street sets the records straight about the controversial sequel to A Nightmare on Elm Street, which ended Mark Patton’s acting career, just as it was about to begin. Scream Queen 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 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.

directed by: Roman Chimienti, Tyler Jensen
starring: Mark Patton, Robert Englund, Jack Sholder, David Chaskin, Kim Myers, Robert Rusler, Marshall Bell, Clu Gulager, Joann Willett
2019 / 99 min / 1.78:1 / English 5.1 Surround

Additional info:
• Region A Blu-ray
• Trailers
• Skeleton Head 'Split Second' Music Video
• Mark Patton, Roman Chimienti and Tyler Jensen Audio Commentary
• The Psychic (Alt Opening)
• The Monster is Queer: A Look at Horror Genre Studies with Dr. Andrew Scahill
• Bedtime Story with Mark Patton (a tribute to Wes Craven)
• Extended Fireside Chat with Cast of Freddy's Revenge
• Backstage with Scream, Queen!
• Femininity in the Horror Film, A Discussion
• Booklet with essay by BJ Colangelo
• English SDH subtitles

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Tech Specs & Release Details
Technical Specs:
Blu-ray Disc
Video Resolution/Codec:
1080p AVC/MPEG-4
Aspect Ratio(s):
Audio Formats:
English: DTS-HD MA 5.1
English SDH
Special Features:
The Monster is Queer Featurette (9mins), Alternate Opening (2mins), Trailer (2mins), Commercial for Soundtrack (1min)
Release Date:
April 26th, 2022

Storyline: Our Reviewer's Take


“That’s what movies do, they manipulate people.”

Following the cultural and critical backlash of A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge for its assumed portrayal of a closeted gay main character, lead actor Mark Patton was outed in 1980’s Hollywood during the AIDS epidemic. He fled the film industry to suffer in silence as the film that was destined to make him a star made him the laughing stock of the horror genre for decades until progressive audiences began to embrace it as the first gay horror film. 

The documentary Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street by directors Roman Chimienti and Tyler Jensen follows Mark after he was tracked down for the film Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy in which the actor revealed his troubled history. Now Mark is willing to embrace a new generation of fans discovering his work and leaving behind decades of hateful comments and an industry that never supported his lifestyle. While focused on telling Mark’s story the documentary looks at gay horror criticism, the AIDS epidemic, and the ability for Mark to now become a voice for those who saw his turn as Jesse as a beacon for their sexual identity. 

The bulk of the film shows Mark touring various conventions culminating in the first-ever Freddy’s Revenge cast reunion in 2015 to celebrate the film’s 30th Anniversary. This journey is filled with interviews with cast members, horror critics, and fans who’ve grown to love the film. Chimienti and Jensen keep the feature lean while giving Patton plenty of breathing room throughout to let us into his life. 

For Mark, his journey won’t be complete until he can face screenwriter David Chaskin who he blames for ruining his career. Patton admits that his fury with Chaskin is that when it was unacceptable to be gay (or make gay films) the blame for the film’s failure went to Patton, but now that the film is receiving attention Chaskin takes credit for the gay subtext. Patton is essentially left out to dry as the weak actor who couldn’t handle the scrutiny of the time. 

Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street is Mark Patton’s confrontation with his legacy as the first gay horror icon but also serves to develop the conversation about homophobia in Hollywood and the gay audiences who’ve embraced horror. The film focuses on Mark more than on Freddy’s Revenge making the experience personal rather than analytical. While everything seemingly leads toward the tense conversation between Chaskin and Patton, this documentary is more about the journey rather than the final destination. 

Vital Disc Stats: The Blu-ray
Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street arrives on Blu-ray thanks to ETR Media and Vinegar Syndrome. Packaged in a transparent keepcase the Region A Blu-ray is accompanied by an insert booklet and reversible artwork. Loading the disc you’re treated to the ETR Media logo before landing on the Main Menu screen with scenes from the documentary playing above typical navigation options. 

Video Review


ETR Media brings Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street to Blu-ray with a pleasing AVC encoded 1080p image in the film’s original 1.78:1 aspect ratio. Interview segments offer plenty of fine detail in facial features and costuming though shots with writer David Chaskin are very dark and lacking detail. Primaries pop nicely when featured with reds and blues showing real confidence. The use of archival footage from films and interviews is frequent with those pieces appearing in their original source quality. Chimienti and Jensen utilize handheld cameras for most segments of the film when following Patton around conventions which can be a bit jarring at times. 

Audio Review


Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street arrives on Blu-ray with a well defined 5.1 DTS-HD MA mix that handles the proceedings confidently. This dialogue heavy film occupies the center and front channels for interview segments while the surrounds and LFE channels are given plenty of atmospherics and music cues creating an inviting atmosphere for horror fans. Dialogue is clear and cleanly presented. 

Special Features


ETR provides plenty of bonus material for casual fans of the documentary and those looking to take a deeper dive into horror criticism and fandom. Start with the commentary track! 

  • Audio Commentary: Co-Directors Roman Chimienti and Tyler Jensen with Mark Patton
  • Backstage with Scream, Queen! (HD 5:00) 
  • Bedtime Story with Mark Patton - A Tribute to Wes Craven (HD 2:58)
  • Fireside Chat with the cast of Freddy’s Revenge (HD 12:35) Director Jack Sholder with actors Marshall Bell, Kim Myers, Robert Rusler, and Mark Patton.
  • Music Video (HD 3:16): Split Second by Skeleton Head
  • Femininity in the Horror Film (HD 40:21) A panel discussion hosted by Dr Andrew Scahill and featuring BJ Colangelo, Isa Mazzei, and William J. Nazareth Jr.
  • The Monster is Queer (HD 9:13) - A Look at Horror Genre Studies with Dr. Andrew Scahill 
  • The Psychic (HD 2:43) - alternate opening scene 
  • Original Trailer (HD 2:29)
  • Commercial (HD 1:02) an ad for the film’s vinyl soundtrack release that features some killer artwork. 
  • Insert Booklet with an essay from BJ Colangelo 

Final Thoughts

Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street succeeds in bringing to light the impact of Freddy’s Revenge on gay audiences as well as giving Mark Patton time to tell his story and confront his devils. The film never relents giving Patton a platform and showing his journey however difficult it may be for him. ETR and Vinegar Syndrome offer the film with a solid A/V presentation and a wealth of special features for those interested in horror criticism. This may only appeal to the biggest horror hounds and Elm Street fans, but it's a doc that's certainly Worth A Look.