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Three girls living in Los Angeles, CA 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 (The Tomb), headlined upwards of ten films per year, fending off men in rubber monster suits, pubescent teenage boys, and deadly showers. They joined together in campy cult films like Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-a-Rama (1988) and Nightmare Sisters (1987). They traveled all over the world, met President Reagan, and built mini-empires of trading cards, comic books, and model kits. Then it all came crashing down. This documentary remembers these actresses - and their most common collaborators - on how smart they were to play stupid. Written by
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Although all three girls are thought to have only appeared in two films together during the original era, they actually had appeared together as extras (usually nude) since The Man Who Wasn't There (1983) and a series of layouts and videos for Playboy magazine. See more »
Screaming in High Heels: The Rise & Fall of the Scream Queen Era (2011)
*** 1/2 (out of 4)
Excellent documentary that is a huge improvement over the earlier SOMETHING TO SCREAM ABOUT. The film takes a look at the careers of "B" movie actresses Linnea Quigley, Brinke Stevens and Michelle Bauer, the three who really took to being Scream Queens back in the 80s. The documentary covers how all three ended up in the business, the rise to fame and of course the video market dying down and pretty much killing their careers until recent years. All three actresses are on hand giving first hand accounts of what it was like working in these movies and we also get the likes of Fred Olen Ray, David DeCoteau and Ted Newsom who discuss more of the history of this type of cinema. It was great fun getting to look back at these movies and getting to hear about how they were made. We get some good stories about the drive-ins pretty much dying down and this gave way to video stores where the movie producers couldn't even keep up with the high demand of titles. We also get to hear about the downside of fame including stalkers as well as not being able to break into mainstream cinema. The actresses are all very open about their experiences and I can't imagine a fan of these movies being disappointed. Not only do we get clips from the actual movies but there's also some great stuff in regards to interviews the actresses did back in the day. Fans of these "B" movies will certainly want to check this one out.
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