Breaking Glass Pictures
Director: Jason Paul Collum
Writer: Jason Paul Collum
Stars: Linnea Quigley, Brinke Stevens and Michelle Bauer
What they say: 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. Then it all came crashing down. This documentary remembers these actresses – and their most common collaborators – and shows how smart they were to play stupid.
What I say: In the mid 80’s to the mid 90’s, if you watched a B-Movie it probably starred one of the three beauties profiled in this film. Linnea Quigley, Brinke Stevens, and Michele Bauer were the undisputed Scream Queens of that era. Hearing about this chaotic time in filmmaking straight from them is a cool experience.
The girls are pretty frank about their experiences riding the wave of the home video boom. There are also interviews with the producers and directors they frequently worked with. Hearing the girls reminiscence about their time in fandom shows they really enjoyed their time in the sun and interacting with their fans. They all seem genuine and the film is a lot of fun to watch.
The only thing I din’t like about the film is that they didn’t give props to the original scream queen; Jamie Lee Curtis. Without her none of what they accomplished would have been possible.
The review is based on a pre-release screener provided by Breaking Glass Films. As far as we know it accurately represents the finished product although our copy of the film had no extras.
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