Friday, 15 March 2013

Horror Review: Screaming In High Heels: The Rise & Fall Of The Scream Queen Era (2011)

Three actresses "accidentally" became cult horror film icons in the late 1980's and created the modern interpretation of the "Scream Queen" image.

I don't know about you but I love a good documentary, especially ones about my favourite genre of film, Horror. When I first heard about "Screaming In High Heels" I was very excited as I'm a big fan of our beloved Scream Queens, especially the ones of our beloved B-Movies.

Linnea Quigley, Brinke Stevens, Michelle Bauer, Three names that such ring a bell with any seasoned Horror fan. With this documentary we get all three perspectives of each ones career. From their early starts, their rise to fame and to more recent times.

The documentary has a-lot of depth, with a brief history of the drive-in, which, as a Brit, I found really informative as we only really had the rise of film when VHS came about. VHS is also covered and is a really crucial part to the Horror genre.

We also get to hear from other people who were involved in film at the time and also the fans, it's great to get so many points of view on a great time in the genre and see some real insight into what was going on behind the scenes at the time and fans perceptions of the same era.

The documentary is beyond informative and it's genuinely saddening to see the scream queens careers decline as they age but to see them reminisce on their careers you can see they truly have a twinkle in their eyes, they are very open about everything including the bad times such as stalkers and their careers not taking off as much as they wanted to.

"Screaming In High Heels: The Rise & Fall Of The Scream Queen Era" is a great insight into a beloved time of the Horror genre. I highly recommend it to any who enjoys B-Movies and 80's Horror.

If you want to see the "Screaming In High Heels: The Rise & Fall Of The Scream Queen Era" trailer then just click on the video below:

Miscellaneous facts about the film:

After production wrapped on this documentary, director David DeCoteau -responsible for bringing the three girls together as leads in Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama -reunited them in The Cougar Club 3.

Filmed over two days in North Hollywood, CA on February 5-6, 2011 at Masi Media Studios.

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 and a series of layouts and videos for Playboy magazine.

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