Join 21c and Oklahoma Film Society for a special Pride month event; a screening of Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy’s Revenge followed by a Q&A cocktail hour with Oklahoma City Councilman James Cooper, who selected the film for this program.
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Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy’s Revenge is an “exceptionally queer” movie, according to Film Studies scholar Harry Benshoff’s book, Monsters in the Closet: Homosexuality and the Horror Film. In the film, teenage Jesse (Mark Patton) moves to Elm Street, specifically the same house where child murderer Freddy Krueger stalked the dreams of the original movie’s heroine (Tulsa native Heather Langenkamp). This time, Freddy attempts to possess Jesse and force him to continue Freddy’s reign of terror.
Describing Freddy’s Revenge as exercise in subtext and allegory, Benshoff writes, “Homosexuality is invariably linked within these films with the monstrous and, since there are so few ‘normal’ homosexuals on screen in any of these horror films, by default, the image of the monster queer becomes the image of homosexuality that moviegoers regularly encounter and come to know.” Now’s your chance, OKC, to see how Nightmare 2 gained its reputation as Buzzfeed’s “gayest horror movie ever made.”