A Nightmare on Elm St 2

Series: Queer Horror

Thursday, August 27 at 7:00pm  |  $8  |

The Hollywood Theatre’s bimonthly program QUEER HORROR returns with A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 2: FREDDY’S REVENGE! Hosted by Portland’s premier drag clown Carla Rossi , this latest edition of QUEER HORROR opens with a new Kruegerian short film designed to get you squirming for one of the most homoerotic slasher sequels of all time.

Directed by John Sholder, A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 2 follows teenager Jesse (played by gay actor Mark Patton) as he moves with his family into the old Elm Street house from the first film. Jesse starts waking from nightmares of a man with a burned face and knives for fingers until he finds himself possessed to continue Freddy Krueger’s bloody legacy of vengeance on the townspeople that burned him alive. Co-starring genre legend Clu Gulager and Meryl Streep-lookalike Kim Myers, A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 2 is remarkable not only for its unabashedly homoerotic subtext but also for its odd twist on an Elm Street sequel – in which the filmmakers were yet to decode Freddy Krueger’s popularity and didn’t know just what formula to apply to the franchise.


QUEER HORROR is a bimonthly festival of genre works by queer artists, performers, and filmmakers questioning horror’s relation to queerness and what it means to identify with the monster. Maybe it’s the fact that queer people are so often relegated to shadows of otherness that the horror genre is more immediately relatable for us. We grew up with boogeymen. We’ve lived with boogeymen. Goblins and ghosts are a welcome escape from real-life monstrosities.

From the work of James Whale and John Waters to Patricia Highsmith and Clive Barker, horror has deeply impacted queer culture and sensibilities and QUEER HORROR asks why. QUEER HORROR is programmed and hosted by Portland’s premier drag clown Carla Rossi and her human avatar Anthony Hudson.

Image courtesy of Jason Edward Davis



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