Screaming in High Heels: The Rise and Fall of the Scream Queen Era – USA, 2011 – overview and reviews

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Screaming in High Heels: The Rise and Fall of the Scream Queen Era is a 2011 American documentary film directed by Jason Paul Collum and featuring Linnea Quigley, Brinke Stevens and Michelle Bauer.

Key 1980s “Scream Queen” moviemakers David DeCoteau, Richard Gabai, Ken Hall, Ted Newsom, Jay Richardson and Fred Olen Ray are also featured.

Three young women living in Los Angeles in the 1980s found cult fame when they “accidentally” transitioned from models to B-movie actresses, coinciding with the major direct-to-video horror film boom of the era.

Known as “The Terrifying Trio,” Linnea Quigley (The Return of the Living Dead), Brinke Stevens (The Slumber Party Massacre) and Michelle Bauer, headlined upwards of ten films per year, fending off men in rubber monster suits, teenage boys, and deadly showers.

They worked together in campy cult films like Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-a-Rama (1988) and Nightmare Sisters (1987). They travelled all over the world, met Ronald Reagan, and built mini-empires of trading cards, comic books, and model kits. Then it all came crashing down.

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” …splatter fans, and worshipers or schlocky horror will dig this. If nothing else, you’ll spend most of the run time compiling a mental list of movies that you need to track down and watch. Even though it’s fun, in the end, Screaming in High Heels is a little light. Beyond Hollywood


“While Screaming in High Heels: The Rise and Fall of the Scream Queen Era certainly concentrates on the women that made that name a household term, it effortlessly lives up to its title, too. From beginning to end, it’s a wonderful watch even for those who may not be a fan of the ’80s low-budget horror / sci fi / exploitation genres.” Horror Talk

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