Hold onto your hacksaws, horror fans, because we have some BIG news!
On Friday, September 6, Miss Jaye’s Friday Night Frights is back again with another “Queer Fear” event in conjunction with Grand Forks Pride. And this year, we’re doing something we’ve never done before: we’re bringing you a special sneak preview presentation of a brand new documentary about a horror classic that The Advocate called “the gayest horror film ever made!”
Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street is the story of Mark Patton, the young star of Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge. As Jesse Walsh, Patton would make history as horror’s first (and one of the few) male “scream queens” in a film that had a not-so-subtle subtext of homoeroticism and played on the homophobia of its time. The film effectively ended Patton’s acting career just as it was beginning, and this is his chance to look back through the years at a film that changed the trajectory of his entire life. Directed by Roman Chimienti and Tyler Jensen, the film is currently being given advanced screenings in select locations, and Miss Jaye’s Friday Night Frights is one of those screenings!
After the documentary, Miss Jaye will lead a short audience talkback called “He’s the Final Girl: Coding Gender & Sexuality in 80s Slashers” and then the double feature will continue with the film that started it all: 1985’s Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge!
This is an amazing opportunity not only for horror fans but for those who are interested in LGBTQ film history, and to make this event accessible to as many people as possible the event is completely FREE to attend!
Free! Gratis! No Charge!
That’s right! Miss Jaye is working with some amazing sponsors (more on that in a bit!) to make sure that anyone who wants to hear this amazing story can do so without paying a penny.
The event takes place on Friday, September 6, at the historic Fire Hall Theatre in Grand Forks. The doors will open at 8:30 with the documentary starting at 9. There will be some pretty great giveaways throughout the evening (including DVDs of previous Friday Night Frights favorites, issues of Rue Morgue magazine featuring queer horror and women in horror, VHS transfers of Dirt Candy Productions’ She Was So Pretty films, and more!), plus the first 5 people to show up will get Miss Jaye’s infamous swag bags – and these are the biggest ones we’ve ever done with gift items, copies of the Rue Morgue Pride issue, and 2 full size ColourPop Cosmetics products in each bag!
We mentioned earlier that Champagne Dreams Productions is teaming up with some really great sponsors to help bring this event to our community and make it free, and we’re creating a special place to thank and acknowledge there here on The World of Champagne: our Virtual Sponsors Wall! Publishing this Thursday, August 22, it will be a lasting acknowledgement of all of the great people and businesses who supported this event for film buffs, horror fans, and queer artists! Check it out in the Champagne Dreams Productions section of this site starting Thursday, and feel free to leave a comment thanking all of those who contributed – and don’t forget to check back as we will continue to add to it as we get new sponsors up until the event!
If you’d like to follow the event or get information on how can become an event sponsor, and all of the great benefits available at our four sponsor tiers (Butcher Knife, Meat Cleaver, Machete, and Chainsaw!), you can check out the Facebook Event Page HERE!