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Monday, May 30, 2011

Exploitation Women Spotlight #3

Linnea Quigley (The Queen of the B's)

Linnea is actually still working today, a lot. She has celebrated the horror/exploitation/crap genres by greeting fans at conventions and doing tons of interviews. I don't know if she's genuinely a good actress or not, but she certainly has a lot more range than she is given credit for.

Covering her more famous roles, her most (in)famous was probably her role as the little naked punk chick in Return of the Living Dead. Most people found her nude scene incredibly hot here, but she looked a little too Astro-Boy for me. Funny film, either way.

Her second most famous was her, again freaky and nude, character in Night of the Demons. She became possessed and stuck lipstick in her nipple. I don't know. But it was relatively memorable.

She played an adorable deaf girl in Savage Streets opposite the not-so-adorable Linda Blair. Sorry if you find Linda Blair attractive, just her huge 80s hair in this movie made her look like Gene Simmons' effeminate brother. This was one of the Quigley performances that actually speaks to the argument that she really can act. She played Heather with such genuine innocence and charisma. But I actually hated this role of Quigley's because she ends up being brutally raped and beaten. It's like being given the cutest, (most arousing) teddy bear and then having its head ripped off right in front of you.

Also in the 1980s, she was one of the leads in Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama, which as most people don't know and don't care was based on the famous horror short story The Monkey's Paw. Riiiiiight... Anyway, apparently the girls in this get spanked by a giant paddle in a sorority hazing. Now I've gotta see it.

Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers is one with her that I saw years ago, but I don't remember her from. It totally sucked from what I remember, but after looking over parts of it again, she displayed great energy as usual.

And then of course is Linnea Quigley's Horror Workout, which was a comedic horror movie that poked fun at the sort of movies she has done throughout her career. It's great to see she has a real sense of humor about herself. Linnea also contributed scores to a couple of films, including the Horror Workout.

Her birthday was this past Friday. Happy belated birthday Ms. Quigley! You most definitely deserve a lifetime achievement award for b-horror.

2 comments:

  1. Quigley will always reign as the quintessential B-movie scream queen. Nice write-up. Hate to sound cliche but the lipstick scene in Night of the Demons will always reign supreme in my mind.

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  2. Thanks for stopping by! I think the main reason she'll reign supreme for years to come is the fact that she'll literally do anything, and everyone wants at least a cameo from Quigley.

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