As anyone who’s seen 1985’s A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge might tell you, the film is memorable not just for its gruesome murders but for its not-so-subtle homosexual undertones.
At one point in the film, Jesse, played by openly gay actor Mark Patton, is confronted by his homosexual gym teacher after winding up at Don’s Place, a gay S&M club.
Subtle this film was not.
There were other signs: like when Jesse lipsyncs to Touch Me (All Night Long) in his bedroom, backing his booty up to his dresses to close the drawer.
In the 2010 documentary Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy, screenwriter David Chaskin pretty much admitted that the homosexual subtext was intended.
Patton even posted “Jesse’s Lost Journal” online, a 68-entry “diary” of Jesse’s journey throughout (and after) the events depicted in Elm Street 2.
In Entry 39 (and yes, I read them all), he begins to express his homosexual desires, saying “Colin touched me lightly in the small of my back as if to let me know that I should walk out the door first, I felt this was a good sign of him being a decent person. As we walked to dinner, I was amazed at how comfortable I felt, I noticed all the people moving rapidly, some slowly… all involved in their own world… nobody stared at us as we walked and talked, we were not freaks, just two guys out for a walk.”
So, yes, it’s fairly certain, if not being explicitly stated, that Jesse was gay.
Now there’s a Kickstarter to fund a documentary, Scream, Queen! – My Nightmare on Elm Street, about the film and Patton, who himself was openly gay. “Little did I know the effect that the film would have on my life,” Patton recalls in the trailer.
“I wake up in the middle of the first movie that I’m the lead actor in, and realize there’s a gay subtext in it. In 1985, Hollywood was very homophobic and very AIDS-phobic. If you were gay, you were hiding.”
Watch the trailer for the film below.