Monday, July 30, 2012

Screaming in High Heels (2011)

Jason Paul Collum takes us back to the 1980's, where three unknown actresses received their chance at super-stardom in the most unlikeliest of places... SCREAMING IN HIGH HEELS follows Linnea Quigley, Brinke Stevens and Michelle Bauer from their humble beginnings to their rise to B-Movie royalty, and then on to the inevitable saturation and disintegration of the "Scream Queen" era. Cult filmmakers Fred Olen Ray, David DeCoteau, Kenneth J. Hall, and Ted Newsom join Collum and many others as they discuss the impact that home video had on the Independent film market, and how it granted three small town girls overnight success. With a combined résumé spanning over several hundred films and just over three decades, there is no shortage of fond memories and entertaining anecdotes from films like NIGHTMARE SISTERS, SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRE, SORORITY SISTERS IN THE SLIMEBALL BOWL-O-RAMA, and, of course, HOLLYWOOD CHAINSAW HOOKERS! Casual viewers are sure to discover interesting new facts about each of the girls, while the hardcore fans will enjoy seeing their favorite leading ladies return to the small screen to discuss their unique careers. SCREAMING IN HIGH HEELS is clearly slanted towards the cult crowd, as the quality of both the acting and filmmaking is frequently glossed over with humor and flattery. The huge amount of energy, sacrifice, and dedication that went in to each of the "Scream Queens'" performances is truly what set them apart in the genre. This is the strongest point that comes across throughout every aspect of the film. Coming in at a brisk 63-minutes, SCREAMING IN HIGH HEELS could use a broader perspective taken from a wider collection of guests, but James Paul Collum has produced what most will consider the definitive documentary on the "Scream Queen" Era.

Rating: 7/10.

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6 comments:

  1. It seems a bunch of us bloggers have been reviewing this one today. Totally agree with you. Should have been longer and broader. But I still enjoyed the heck out of it.

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  2. Just popped it in last night, a worthy addition to any fan library, but what is a Scream Queens documentary without Joe Bob Briggs??

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  3. The film was intended for broadcast, which is why it is 63 minutes long. You can catch it on Chiller TV to see it as originally intended. The DVD that is coming out through Breaking glass has about 45 minutes of extra interview footage with the ladies for everyone that needs more! :)

    Thanks for the nice review. - Derrick Carey - Editor of Screaming in High Heels

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  4. Thanks for the heads up, Derrick! Is the additional footage available in the special features, because this review was based on the screener release of the Breaking Glass DVD?

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  5. Yes, there will be 3 segments (one for each lady) totaling about 40-45 minutes. Those will be extras on the disc. Hope you guys enjoy! - Derrick

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  6. Fantastic, looking forward to going back for seconds!

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