The DVD of “Screaming in High Heels: The Rise & Fall of the Scream Queen Era” was released today. Edited for its TV debut earlier this year, the unrated DVD of “Screaming in High Heels” chronicles the careers of the original girls of terror as they show that cannibalism, demonic possession, flesh eating and even chainsaw hookering is all in a day’s work.
Three girls living in 1980’s L.A 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”), the trio 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-O-Rama” (1988) and “Nightmare of 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 how smart they were to play stupid. With a release date of August 28, Breaking Glass Pictures’ “Screaming in High Heels: The Rise & Fall of the Scream Queen Era” takes viewers through the prime of the “Trio” as they rule the screen with their sex appeal and vocal cords, and ultimately, into their very real demise from the genre that made them blood covered stars. Featured are iconic directors of the time including David DeCoteau (“Creepozoids”), Richard Gabai (“Nightmare Sisters”), Fred Olen Ray (“The Tomb”).
The unrated DVD release comes with chilling extras to die for, including: bonus interview footage with Linnea, Brinke, and Michelle; and footage from the Flashback Weekend of Horror convention Q&A session.