Screaming In High Heels, The Rise & Fall of the Scream Queen Era is a fascinating trip through indie horror film history. It details the beginning of the B-movie craze as it moved from drive-in theaters to VHS rentals. Not only that, but it heavily features the stories of Brinke Stevens, Michelle Bauer, and Linnea Quigley – the world’s most recognized scream queens. The three women give insight into their early beginnings, the height of their careers, and what they’re up to now.
It also contains testimonies from David DeCoteau, Richard Gabai, Ken Hall, Ted Newsom, Jay Richardson, and Fred Olen Ray; video clips from all the great B-movies that Brinke, Michelle, and Linnea starred in; and behind-the-scenes accounts from lots of great B-movies.
It’s kind of hard to give a review for Screaming In High Heels. It has tons of behind-the-scenes stuff and gems of information from the golden age of horror. I don’t want to spoil it for you… Ok, I will spoil two for you… Did you know that Brinke Stevens was once questioned by the FBI because someone in her fan club was trying to assassinate the president and had her fan club address etched on his books? Yeah, that happened! Did you know that, for the most part, Michelle Bauer walked away from the scene to be a stay-at-home wife?
Just know that this documentary is the best horror themed documentary to come out in a long time. It’s filled with lots of gore, nudity, comedy, and most of all – it has real, historic relevance to the indie horror genre. I felt like I was living the 80s/90s horror scene, which I pretty much missed out on being that I’m only 24-years-old. This documentary can draw you in and include you in the madness that you missed or are currently missing. It encompasses so much more than just our beloved scream queens, but the history of B-movies, the media’s response to the genre, the trio’s thoughts on today’s industry and scream queens, and so much more! You will love it, I promise you!
My only real gripe with Screaming In High Heels is that it wasn’t longer. It’s just over an hour-long. I was like, “Nooooo!” when it finished. It really draws you in and leaves you wanting more. I guess I’ll just have to watch it twice to get the normal dose of movie greatness all at once!
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