The 1980s were a glorious time in the horror genre, and one of the main reasons was the Scream Queen. Scream Queens were the lovely, buxom heroines in slasher films. They were frequently naked, and rarely victims. The true Scream Queens were found in the more salacious films, and were frequently direct-to-video. Women like Jamie Lee Curtis and Heather Langenkamp were often deemed Scream Queens (for Halloween and Nightmare on Elm Street, respectively). But the true, original Scream Queens are Linnea Quigley, Brinke Stevens, and Michelle Bauer. The three women have well over 300 credits among them, with titles like Sorority Babes in the Slime Ball Bowl-a-Rama, Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers, Creepozoids, Slumber Party Massacre, Death Row Diner, and Terror Night.
These little-known heroines are finally getting their due with a documentary called Screaming in High Heels: The Rise and Fall of the Scream Queen Era. "Featuring iconic directors of the time including David DeCoteau (Creepozoids), Richard Gabai (Nightmare Sisters), Fred Olen Ray (The Tomb), 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."
The documentary hits DVD on August 28th.