“I need you, Jesse. We’ve got special work to do here, you and me. You’ve got the body. I’ve got the brain.'' - Freddy Krueger
Mark Patton, star of Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge recently spoke to Buzzfeed about his experiences on-set for the movie, and it's fascinating (and, at times, sad) to hear about what life was like for a young gay guy filming what has been famously called 'the gayest slasher movie ever'.
Did you catch that snippet of the homoerotic spanking scene? Here it is in greater detail.
Sadly, the gay content of the movie didn't mean that life was peachy for gay star Mark Patton, who describes being bullied by Freddy's Revenge writer David Chaskin:
“I don’t ever want to be unkind to anybody, but the truth of the matter is, [Chaskin] really did systematically fag-bash me for 30 years, and it hurt. He sabotaged me. And that’s why I quit. Nobody ever affected my confidence - the boys that threw rocks at me, nobody - but this man did.”
Patton laughs when people describe the movie's homoerotic themes as a 'subtext,' saying:
“It just became undeniable. I mean, when you’re looking at dailies and I’m lying in bed and I’m a pietà and the candles are dripping and they’re bending like phalluses and white wax is dripping all over… It’s like I’m the center of a — what do they call it? — a bukkake. Like I’m a bukkake video.”
Personally, Freddy's Revenge is one of my favorite Nightmare on Elm Street movies and I'm appalled that its star was mistreated by crew members he should have been able to trust. Let's hope that young horror stars nowadays have a better time of it.