David S. Sterling, Brad Sykes for Sterling Entertainment
directed by Brad Sykes
starring Linnea Quigley, Jarrod Robbins, Nicole West, Emilie Jo Tisdale, Nova Sheppard, Josh Matthews, Bryan Cooper, Kurt Levee, C. Courtney Joyner, Kaye Cochran, Joe Marino
written by Brad Sykes, music by Ghost, special effects makeup by Kaye Cochran
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Scream Queen is a cheap little slasher directed by rookie
director Eric Orloff (Jarrod Robbins), but written by and starring
yesteryear's scream queen supreme Malicia Tombs (Linnea Quigley) ... and
she makes everybody's life a hell on set, and not only that, eventually
she just storms off the set for good without having finished her scenes - to die in a car
explosion that has written murder all over it ...
A few months later, Eric, the effects guy Squib (Bryan Cooper)
and the key cast of Scream Queen (Nicole West, Josh Matthews, Nova
Sheppard, Emilie Jo Tisdale) are invited to a mansion - by no one else
but thought-dead Malicia, who tells them she wants to finish the movie and
offers everyone a very decent salary too. One catch, they mustn't leave
the mansion during the shoot. Thing is, she also suspects that someone of
the present company has actually blown up her car in an attempt to murder
her, so she might be a bit on the vengeful side, but since everybody's life has hit rock bottom
since the original shoot, they all agree to finish the film. Also, Malicia
has written the screenplay in a rather macabre way where everybody goes
under one's real name, and everybody's slaughtered in a rather gruesome
way by a masked killer. And that said, there's actually a masked killer
loose in the mansion, who kills everyone according to script ...
is a film of the classic shot-on-video era, so don't expect perfection as
the film suffers from a lot of this filmmaking technique, including rather
flat imagery and less-than-perfect sound quality. But what the film lacks
on a technical level due to technical restrictions it sure makes up in
story and sheer effort. Basically the film's a slasher, but more so than
many other films of its ilk it harks back to the roots of the genre, from
giallo elements to a classic old dark house setting, and within the film's
limitations director Brad Sykes tries to re-create a gothic feel to
things. And elements of (self-)irony certainly don't hurt either. So in
all, no, not a perfect film let alone a masterpiece, but for a
shot-on-video flick this is actually pretty cool, and furthermore it's
just so much fun as a whole.