Making the lead of A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge involved in a gay (pedophilia-ish?) gay love story with Jesse only added to the “scary,” says the film’s writer David Chaskin. But who knew making actor Mark Patton — who is gay — the first male scream queen, who Freddy lusted after, would fly over everybody’s heads? Including his co-stars?
In the four-hour documentary Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy, Chaskin explains that, yeah, those weren’t just homosexual undertones. Apparently nobody told any of the other actors? ‘Cause they didn’t have a clue. Not even when New Line president Bob Shaye stood in as a bartender at a gay bar. That was director Jack Sholder little joke for the studio chief, but it worked out perfectly for Chaskin’s story.
Then there was the shower scene and all those balls in the locker room and the bedroom dancing scene with all the gyrating. My god, were it not for the hideous disfigurements on Freddy’s face, I could’ve worked one out watching this thing.