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Windy City Horrorama

Published April 12, 2019 by biggayhorrorfan

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Chicago is home to many amazing film events. From the multiple festivals originating from the Terror in the Aisles crew to the Music Box Massacre, there are a wide variety of genre happenings for cinema enthusiasts to embrace. One of the newest and most exciting homegrown productions is The Windy City Horrorama, now entering its second year.

Last year’s activities included an anniversary screening of Jason Goes to Hell, with director Adam Marcus in attendance, along with a multitude of premiere screenings. The upcoming edition will also feature special guests including indie legend J.R. Bookwalter, appearing with a celebratory screening of Robot Ninja, and Rodman Fletcher, the director of the much beloved terror comedy Idle Hands.

But WCH is truly making its mark as being a special place for outrageous indie and foreign splatterfests. If titles like Straight Edge Kegger, The VelociPaster and Mutant Blast catch your gore seeking eyeballs, then you won’t want to miss this enthusiastic celebration, which begins a three day residency at the historic Davis Theater in Lincoln Square on Friday, April 26th.

More information is available at https://www.facebook.com/pg/windycityhorrorama/ and www.windycityhorrorama.com.

I hope to see you there and until the next time, SWEET love and pink GRUE, Big Gay Horror Fan!


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

Published December 15, 2016 by biggayhorrorfan


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?


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!


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!


Christopher Lee Tribute

Published July 21, 2015 by biggayhorrorfan

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Terror in the Aisles’ latest event is a Christopher Lee tribute and will feature screenings of Death Line (Raw Meat), The Wicker Man and The Horror of Dracula.

Of course, what makes this particular evening even cooler is the participation of Death Line director Gary Sherman. The personable Sherman is one of the greatest cult film directors of the 80s with such credits as Dead and Buried, Vice Squad, Wanted: Dead or Alive, Poltergeist III and (the seriously underrated) Lisa under his blood stained celluloid belt.

The event, which also features the debut screenings of various shorts and trailers, takes place in Chicago on Saturday, July 25th.

More information is available at https://www.facebook.com/events/429660883905416/.

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


Overview: Terror in the Aisles presents Short Cuts

Published July 22, 2014 by biggayhorrorfan

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Money was raised (for AIDS charity Vital Bridges), chills were induced and laughter resounded throughout the theatre during Terror in the Aisles’ latest movie event Short Cuts. Taking place at the historic Davis Theatre in Chicago, Short Cuts featured the mini-masterpieces of over a dozen Midwestern filmmakers. Introducing the audience to works of humor, homage and serious horror, this one-of-a-kind event, ultimately, offered up a program that I was truly honored to serve as host of.

Introducing the directors!

Introducing the directors!

With many of the artists on hand to celebrate, each abbreviated feature contained true points of interest. Industrious Tony Wash (Its My Party and I’ll Die If I Want To) even utilized the event to promote his anticipated upcoming compiliation World of Death, featuring many of the selections submitted to last fall’s ABC’s of Death competition. John Pata, coming off the high of his critically acclaimed feature Dead Weight, also, choose Short Cuts as the Chicago premiere site of his latest (poetically macabre) effort Pity.
Clark & Pata chatting

Clark & Pata chatting

Personal favorites included Red Clark’s fun The Pool. Detailing the comeuppance of a bratty sibling, this charming throwback ends with some nifty camera work and a startling monster reveal. Lowcarbcomedy’s hysterical 4th Rule of Gremlins, meanwhile, offers up a very naughty take on what not to do with everybody’s favorite furry monsters. David Schmidt’s mock trailer for House on Nightmare Lane, also, hit the mark. Here, Schmidt combines the atmosphere of such classic flicks as The Haunting with the acting style of such drive-in favorites as Frankenstein’s Daughter. Overall, it’s like opening the (rusting) gates to a real winner!

Keep up with World of Death at https://www.facebook.com/worldofdeathfilm and Pity at https://www.facebook.com/PityFilm . Lowcarbcomedy rules the roost at http://www.lowcarbcomedy.com and Vital Bridges is always keeping up the good work at http://www.heartlandalliance.org/vital.

Meanwhile, you can keep updated with Terror in the Aisles at https://www.facebook.com/terrorintheaisles and me at http://www.facebook.com/biggayhorrorfan.

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

Overview: Terror in the Aisles – Frankenhooker

Published December 15, 2012 by biggayhorrorfan


On Friday, September 14th, 2012, Chicago’s always exciting Terror in the Aisles welcomed Patty Mullen from Frankenhooker in for an exclusive showing of that iconic piece of cult entertainment.


Things began with a sense of popping action as Mullen took a handful of lucky winners on a soda date. Here, she discusses the in’s and out’s of the horror of outdoor chores with The Lawn Blower Massacre director Anthony Cooney and others.


Above, Mullen’s talented manager, James Howard, shows off the bust he created in Mullen’s honor.


Here, Howard helps Mullen sign a purple bra for the show’s auction.


Even a certain blonde someone, very sure in his sexualty, will begin to doubt himself standing next to the gorgeous, personable Mullen.


As an extra bit of show excitement, Mullen taught a handful of devoted fans the Frankenhooker walk.

Be sure to keep up with future Terror in the Aisles events at http://www.facebook.com/terrorintheaisles.

Big Gay Horror Fan, meanwhile, is always available at http://www.facebook.com/#!/BigGayHorrorFan.

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