With Wes Craven’s recent passing, child killer and pop-culture icon Freddy Krueger has been in the news quite a bit lately. Fred Armisen donned a red-and-green striped tie, as well as the iconic glove, on the red carpet at the Emmys last night in tribute to the director, for example, and it was announced over the weekend through a Bloody Disgusting exclusive that Varèse Sarabande will be releasing an eight-disc collection of the music from the Nightmare On Elm Street series. Plus, last week Entertainment Weekly announced that Mark Patton would return to Springwood for a crowdfunded documentary focusing on the homoerotic undertones (or overtones, depending on how you look at it) of A Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge.
The Varèse Sarabande set collects the scores from all of the Nightmare films—including Machine Head’s version of the Friday The 13th theme from Freddy Vs. Jason, as well as the video game music heard in Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare—as well as unreleased bits of score and alternate takes. Unfortunately, the set does not include the pop songs featured in the films, such as 312’s “Nightmare,” Dokken’s “Dream Warriors,” and “I’m Awake Now” from when The Goo Goo Dolls still fancied themselves the new Replacements. That being said, the collection is packaged in a very cool replica of the iconic red and green sweater.
Scream, Queen! My Nightmare On Elm Street is touted on its Kickstarter page as “an intimate and revealing look behind the scenes of horror’s most controversial slasher sequel.” While the Freddy sequel is the jumping off point for the documentary, the film takes a larger look at what it was to be gay in Hollywood in 1985 and beyond. The trailer boasts interviews from most of the principal cast and crew including Mark Patton, Robert Englund, and apparently clueless director Jack Sholder. Also featured are quite a few fans of the film, one of which who describes Freddy’s Revenge as “like being gay in a sense because you know it’s different, but you don’t know why.”