Hot Picks

- Ready for My Close Up 2019

- Talk of the Dead 2016

- Stained 2019

- Coven 2020

- The Hospital Bed 2020

- Genevieve 2020

- Inferno of Torture 1969

- Homewrecker 2019

- Elodie 2019

- Battlefield 2025 2020

- Grave Caller 2017

- The Runners 2020

- Awesomely Righteous and Radical 2020

- Deany Bean is Dead 2018

- Why Don't You Just Die! 2018

- Ouija Blood Ritual 2020

- Blood Tide 1982

- The Flower People 2020

- A Drunk Scorpion Will Sting Itself to Death 2020

- Vampire Dad 2020

- The Prince 2019

- Ouija Shark 2020

- The Departure 2020

- Autopilot 2020

- Wrestle-massacre 2018

- We Are the Missing 2020

- Impossible to Imagine 2019

- The Accompanist 2019

- Strange Files - Ring Toss 2020

- Verotika 2019

- Don't Run 2019

- Tainted 2020

- Andrew Buckner's Big Screen Memories 2020

- Choke 2020

- The Dark Lullaby 2020

- Ravenstein 2020

- Henrietta and her Dismal Display of Affection 2020

- Angelfish 2019

- The Bastard Sword 2018

- Celebrity Crush 2019

- Interpreters 2019

- Hidden Orchard Mysteries: The Case of the Air B&B Robbery 2020

- The Passion of Darkly Noon 1995

- Yesteryear 2020

- Ripper Tour 2018

- First Impressions Can Kill 2017

- A Killer Conversation 2014

- Star Crash 1979

- Strangler of the Swamp 1946

Screaming in High Heels: The Rise and Fall of the Scream Queen Era

USA 2011
produced by
Jason Paul Collum, Jay S. Danziger (executive), Warren Mueller (executive), Daniel J.Noah (executive) for B+BOY Productions
directed by Jason Paul Collum
starring Linnea Quigley, Brinke Stevens, Michelle Bauer, Fred Olen Ray, David Decoteau, Kenneth J.Hall, Jay Richardson, Richard Gabai, Ted Newsom, Jason Paul Collum, Tony Brown, Adrian Najera, Jarrod Clayton Cox
written by Jason Paul Collum, music by Paul Meyer

documentary

review by
Mike Haberfelner

Quick Links

Abbott & Costello

Alice in Wonderland

Arsène Lupin

Batman

Bigfoot

Black Emanuelle

Bomba the Jungle Boy

Bowery Boys

Bulldog Drummond

Captain America

Charlie Chan

Cinderella

Dick Tracy

Dr. Mabuse

Dr. Orloff

Doctor Who

Dracula

Elizabeth Bathory

Emmanuelle

Fantomas

Flash Gordon

Frankenstein

Frankie & Annette Beach Party movies

Freddy Krueger

Fu Manchu

Fuzzy

Gamera

Godzilla

Hercules

El Hombre Lobo

Incredible Hulk

Jack the Ripper

James Bond

Jekyll and Hyde

Jerry Cotton

Jungle Jim

Justine

Kekko Kamen

King Kong

Laurel and Hardy

Lemmy Caution

Lobo

Lone Wolf and Cub

Lupin III

Maciste

Marx Brothers

Miss Marple

Mr. Moto

Mister Wong

Mothra

Nick Carter

OSS 117

Phantom of the Opera

Quatermass

Robin Hood

Santa Claus

El Santo

Schoolgirl Report

The Shadow

Sherlock Holmes

Spider-Man

Star Trek

Sukeban Deka

Superman

Tarzan

Three Mesquiteers

Three Musketeers

Winnetou

Wizard of Oz

Wolf Man

Wonder Woman

Yojimbo

Zatoichi

Zorro

Available on DVD !

To buy, click on link(s) below and help keep this site afloat

Always make sure of DVD-compatibility !!!


With the demise of the drive-in of old but the almost simultaneous advent of home video in the 1980's, the independent filmworld (and especially the indie horrorworld) shifted quite a bit, but there were a breed of young filmmakers (this documentary focuses mainly on Fred Olen Ray and David DeCoteau, but there were others) who specialized on cheaply shot cheesy horror films with a healthy dose of humour and an even healthier dose of nudity. And while these films originally featured B-movie icons, fading stars, TV stars between jobs as their main attractions, eventually a new breed of stars were born from these films - the scream queens.

Sure, there were scream queens before (even if they were not called that), and the film quotes Fay Wray, Janet Leigh and Jamie Lee Curtis, but the new crop was different: Hard-working girls who made about twelve movies a year (in their heyday at least), got naked in most of them, tried to retain their dignity and give decent performances despite whatever was thrown at them ... and hey, they looked hot as well.

This film focuses mainly on three scream queens, Michelle Bauer, Linnea Quigley and Brinke Stevens, almost unarguably the biggest of the eighties, and certainly the three women for whom the expression was actually coined. And all three women tell their story in their own words, how they came to fame and how they took pride in what they did, and also their surprise about their relatively sudden fame. They talk about their fanbase and their convention appearances, but also the eventual demise of the scream queen era, not only caused by their progressing age but also by the rise of Blockbuster and Netflix and their seemingly endless supply of major motion pictures (in comparison to the dying breed of the mom-&-pop stores that carried the indie horrors), by the fact that due to more and more affordable professional film equipment more and more young wannabe filmmakers crowded the market and more and more girls who have been horror films started to refer to themselves as scream queens, and also by changing audience tastes that made 80's style horror cheese less and less feasible.

However, the film ends on a happy note, since Michelle, Linnea and Brinke are all neither gone nor forgotten, they are still guests of honour at conventions, they do still get occasional roles in films (if smaller ones than before) and they do still enjoy their fame and look back on their work with pride.

 

Ok, my educated guess is that if you choose to watch Screaming in High Heels, you are already familiar with the scream queen phenomenon as such and very probably also with  Michelle Bauer, Linnea Quigley and Brinke Stevens, and their respective stories - and then this film doesn't have all that much new for you to offer ... and somehow that doesn't matter one bit, because the whole documentary is quite clearly a work of love, where director Jason Paul Collum, who does have quite a few indie horror movies under his belt, pays loving tribute to the three women who are the subject of his film, and he peppers the whole thing with a sheer endless number of snippets of the movies of their golden era, ranging from good to bad to cheesy to weird, but always entertaining. And even if you have seen every film Michelle, Linnea and Brinke have ever been in (and hey, judging from their output, you very probably have not), you'll find at least some of this amusing.

Totally recommended to everyone who's at least somehow into indie horror ...

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

Feeling lucky ?
Want to
search
any of my partnershops yourself
for more, better results ?

The links below
will take you
just there !!!

Find Screaming in High Heels: The Rise and Fall of the Scream Queen Era
at the amazons ...

USA  amazon.com

Great Britain (a.k.a. the United Kingdom)  amazon.co.uk

Germany (East AND West)  amazon.de

Looking for imports ?
Find Screaming in High Heels: The Rise and Fall of the Scream Queen Era here ...

Thailand  eThaiCD.com
Your shop for all things Thai

Something naughty ?
(Must be over 18 to go there !)

x-rated  find Screaming in High Heels: The Rise and Fall of the Scream Queen Era at adultvideouniverse.com


Thanks for watching !!!

 

 

Robots and rats,
demons and potholes,
cuddly toys and
shopping mall Santas,
love and death and everything in between,
Tales to Chill
Your Bones to

is all of that.

 

Tales to Chill
Your Bones to
-
a collection of short stories and mini-plays
ranging from the horrific to the darkly humourous,
from the post-apocalyptic
to the weirdly romantic,
tales that will give you a chill and maybe a chuckle, all thought up by
the twisted mind of
screenwriter and film reviewer
Michael Haberfelner.

 

Tales to Chill
Your Bones to

the new anthology by
Michael Haberfelner

 

Out now from
Amazon!!!

 

 

 

On the same day
a Burglar wants to kill you
and your Ex wants
to make up ...
... and for the life of it,
you can't decide
WHICH IS WORSE!!!

 

A Killer Conversation

produced by and starring
Melanie Denholme
directed by
David V.G. Davies
written by
Michael Haberfelner
starring
Ryan Hunter and
Rudy Barrow

out now on DVD