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GRUEmonkey

Published January 6, 2018 by biggayhorrorfan

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If you don’t know what a GRUEmonkey is…then 2018 is your year to find out!

For me…it’s an awesome horror site with a decidedly queer influence. Nightmare on Elm Street 2’s Mark Patton contributes a regular feature and Scream Kings like James Duval, Daniel Radcliffe and Michael Maize are also focused on, as well. james

Importantly, women in the genre are celebrated and acknowledged there, too. Add a fun and funky design…and you’ve got a “what are you waiting for?!?” moment beginning to happen.

So…what ARE you waiting for?!?!? Check it out at www.gruemonkey.com  and/or https://www.facebook.com/Gruemonkey/ right now!

Until the next time – SWEET love and pink GRUE, Big Gay Horror Fan!

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Linnea Quigley at Summer Scares

Published May 20, 2017 by biggayhorrorfan

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This may not qualify as a horse of a different color, but it certainly is unique! Well known for attending celebrations of such ‘80s classics as Return of the Living Dead and Night of the Demons, horror’s goddess of the divine, Linnea Quigley, will be in Chicago on June 10th for rare screenings of two of her other cult classics. Both Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers and Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-a-Rama, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary, will be shown at Summer Scares, an exciting appreciation of the celluloid culture that excelled in offing nubile teens in warmer climes. linnea sorority

With that thought, 1980’s Friday the 13th, the film that is the wicked granddaddy of the genre, will also be shown, with that project’s Ari Lehman (“Jason”) on hand to offer an introduction, as well. In an interesting side note, both Quigley and Lehman recently appeared together in The Barn, an acclaimed slasher throwback that has been making the rounds of conventions and fests, as of late.

To sweeten the pot, Quigley and Lehman will be joined by Nightmare on Elm Street 2’s Mark Patton, who will be interviewing Quigley about her illustrious career. Talk about a trio of camp counselors that you could trust your life with! H-m-m-m – or maybe not.

Anyhow, the fun begins on Saturday, June 10th, at 7pm at the historic Patio Theater in Chicago. More information is available at https://www.facebook.com/events/813470602136871/.

Until the next time – SWEET love and pink GRUE, Big Gay Horror Fan!

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Nightmare, Tough Broads and Terror: A Talk with Mark Patton

Published December 15, 2016 by biggayhorrorfan

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One of the significant things that occurred after people watched NEVER SLEEP AGAIN, the 2010 documentary about the A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET series, was the reexamination of the series second entry, A NIGHTMARE ON ELM ST 2: FREDDY’S REVENGE. Since that time, the film’s lead, MARK PATTON, has not only taken to the convention circuit, providing a very visible presence for what many have labeled the gayest horror film ever made, but he has returned to the world of film in such projects as Tommy Faircloth’s FAMILY POSSESSIONS and SCREAM, QUEEN, his much anticipated documentary about how portraying Jesse Walsh has changed his life.  In anticipation of his upcoming appearance at the TERROR IN THE AISLES CHRISTMAS, at the Vic Theatre in Chicago on Sunday, December 18th (see link below), I’ve revised a conversation that I had with PATTON a number of years ago. Here, he talked with me about his memories of his NIGHTMARE castmates and the platform that he has created for himself as an activist and humanitarian.

You made A NIGHTMARE ON ELM ST 2 over twenty-five years ago and the series is still thriving today. What has been the best part about the NIGHTMARE legacy for you?

mark-nightmareMARK PATTON: To be a part of one of the biggest horror franchises in the world is a gift. I am famous but not.  I have used my A NIGHTMARE ON ELM ST 2 fame for many purposes of which I am proud…HIV awareness, The Trevor Project, issues of bullying. When I put on the glove, people give me a few minutes to speak.  I also love the character, Jesse Walsh. I am very proud of him. He and A NIGHTMARE ON ELM ST 2 have aged well.  I have to admit after NEVER SLEEP AGAIN when I started appearing at conventions and film festivals, I felt a bit like Sally Field in SOAP DISH. A day or two of being a movie star is great. I am not sure I would like it as a full time profession.

Can you talk a bit about the family dynamic in A NIGHTMARE ON ELM ST 2? Clu Gulager and Hope Lange, whom played Jesse’s parents, were very experienced stage and screen performers. You had some stage and screen work under your belt, but Christie Clark, who played your younger sister, was just starting out. How did you find that you worked together as a quartet?

PATTON:  I simply adored Hope Lange. Do you know that the year she shot A NIGHTMARE ON ELM ST 2, she also played in BLUE VELVET?  She was, at one time, a world class movie star, yet she had no ego. She was lovely, liked a drink when having her hair done – but she was always a pro.  Clu is nuts in a really fantastic and interesting way…just like me. As I age, I think I look more and more like him. Isn’t that odd?  Christie was a doll and, of course, turned into one of the most famous soap actresses of all time. As did Martha Byrne, my darling little sister in ANNA TO THE INFINITE POWER! She went to work on her soap (AS THE WORLD TURNS) weeks after we finished ANNA and stayed for 25 years! If you have me for an older brother in a film, you are lucky!

The gorgeous Maud Adams also played your mother on episode HOTEL.

PATTON: And she is…for those who don’t know?

OCTOPUSSY!

PATTON: A Bond girl! I had the best moms in the world: Hope Lange, Tuesday Weld, Sandy Dennis and Dina Merrill. They were all beautiful blondes, so I was thrilled.mark-on-hotel

Is there something that stands out about these women to you? Was there one quality that they all had in common?

PATTON: They were all survivors. To be a beautiful woman in California and to work past the age of 25 is miraculous. So you have to be a pretty strong broad to do that. I had hot best friends, too. Robert Rusler, George Clooney…

You could pick ‘em!

PATTON: I could!

Speaking of that…The casting director of A NIGHTMARE ON ELM ST 2 created a great visual picture with the film’s young leads. Your lightness was a great contrast to Robert Rusler’s swarthiness while Kim Myers balanced you both out with a brighter quality. Do you recall anyone else being considered for the roles of Lisa (Meyers) and Ron (Rusler)?

nightmare2promo07PATTON: I have known Robert Rusler since he was a kid. He was the first one hired for A NIGHTMARE ON ELM ST 2. I was next and, together, we choose Kim Myers. I do not remember the names of the other two girls for Lisa. We had a blond, a dark headed girl and Kim. There was never any question that it would be Kimmy. She was delightful, perfect really. We all love her a lot!

You, also, appeared in ANNA TO THE INFINITE POWER which has science fiction connotations. Can you talk a bit about that project?

PATTON: Actually, ANNA TO THE INFINITE POWER is my favorite film -.just for me. My nieces and great nieces know every word. It is a lovely movie that even adults enjoy and it is a way to introduce younger people to information about science and the Holocaust. Actually, someone should remake this movie. It is just great! anna

Horror lovers often feel outside the norm. Therefore, they often relate to their final girls (and guys) as characters who survive against devastating oppression. As a gay man whom has spoken out about bullying and the discrimination you discovered in your early days in Hollywood, is that something that you can relate to, as well?

PATTON: (Laughs) How much time to you have? I am a great believer in destiny and God having a plan for each one of us. We just do not know what it is.  A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 2 was called the gayest horror movie ever made. Still is…I screamed like a girl. Why is it such a huge insult to be compared to a girl? We talk a lot about that in my panels. It destroyed my confidence that I could be perceived as ‘normal’ and thus ended, I thought, my career. But it became a classic and cult favorite. They now call me the first male Scream Queen. I love it! I now get to speak to a group of people who may not get to hear positive stories about GLBT people and HIV, because they think it does not apply to them as Hard Rockin’ Hetro Dudes. I get to represent Gay Horror and GLBT horror fans and I hope I am doing them proud.  I used to ask, God why me? I was a very good actor, I could have been something special and the answer came back loud and clear one day. Mark, you are special and I have given you everything that you need to be a good witness of something most gay men did not live though. I gave you a film or two. I gave you a safe place to be ill from HIV AIDS. I gave you a comeback via NEVER SLEEP AGAIN and I gave you a rock to stand on to speak truth to power. When you put that glove on people listen…for a minute!  A minute is all you need to save someone the agony of AIDS. I gave you all of this, now use it!  I do and trust me I have just begun. You have not seen the last of me. So, whatever you do, don’t go to sleep or you will miss my fabulous 2nd Act!

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Come meet Mark at TERROR IN THE AISLES CHRISTMAS – https://www.facebook.com/events/1334753026558622/. A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 2 will be screened along with two John Carpenter features, THEY LIVE and THE THING. In the spirit of the holiday, donations of food and clothing will be accepted for the homeless and there will be a number of amazing raffles to benefit Vital Bridges, an AIDS organization.

Until the next time – SWEET love and pink GRUE, Big Gay Horror Fan!

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Mark Patton’s Scream, Queen!

Published October 17, 2015 by biggayhorrorfan

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Even today the discriminatory nature of Hollywood keeps many performers in the closet. Therefore, you can only imagine how intense it must have been to be gay in La La Land in the 80s. Well, beloved Nightmare on Elm Street 2 actor Mark Patton was there and he explores this issue (and so much more) in his upcoming documentary, Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street.

This project which describes Patton’s emotional trials while filming the “gayest horror movie ever made” and his triumphant aftermath is, currently, in its final days of public funding.

Since you’re never going to sleep again, anyhow, please give this important promotion a look at:

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Mark Patton Nightmare 2 Bonanza!

Published October 29, 2013 by biggayhorrorfan

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Wake up, Little Joe and Big Hoss! (But it’s alright to let Pa sleep a little while longer. Though, we all know that could be deadly!!!)

It’s a Nightmare Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge interview bonanza featuring that film’s eclectic lead, Mark Patton!

Here’s a little MP Fangoria reminiscing, as well:

http://www.fangoria.com/new/qa-mark-patton-reflects-on-freddys-revenge-and-more/

Be sure to check out all of Mark’s activities, merchandise and what-have-you at http://www.mark-patton.com, as well!

Until the next time – SWEET love and pink GRUE, Big Gay Horror Fan!!

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A Nightmare of Events in Chicago!

Published October 11, 2013 by biggayhorrorfan

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“Don’t go to sleep!” How well I remember the bloodied horny goat who pounced on my chest while chanting that! Or is it just a flashback from all those 3 a.m. viewings of the A Nightmare on Elm Street series? H-m-m…

Whatever the case may be — two of the Nightmare family will be gracing Chicago-land with their bloodily awesome presences this weekend.

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Mark Patton from A Nightmare on Elm St 2: Freddy’s Revenge will be appearing at The Movieside Massacre, a 24 horror movie event, for a presentation of the film that shows off his eclectic acting skills, the power of naked screaming and so much more. Speaking of shrieking (in delight, that is), I will be interviewing Patton after the screening! Yahoo!

Here are the details for that event:

https://www.facebook.com/events/490868644336874/

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Meanwhile, Lezlie Deane, that amazingly kick-ass personality from Freddy’s Dead will be rocking the Underground Lounge in Chicago with her glitter punk band Scary Cherry and the Bang Bangs. Deane kicks it like a overpowering goddess on stage – so this is one show not to miss! (Doors open at 8.)

Details for this raging musical extravaganza are here:

https://www.facebook.com/events/372192812914142/

Hope to see you at one (or both events) and /or visiting me at http://www.facebook.com/biggayhorrorfan!

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Until the next time – SWEET love and pink GRUE!