Time To Celebrate Scream Queen Michelle Bauer!
Michelle Bauer has had an incredible career – dozens of films across many genres, as well as TV shows, documentary appearances and photo spreads as well!
Michelle had more than 150 credits – and is one of three “Scream Queens” who can lay claim to that crown – and I’ll explain why!
For this edition of my “2022 Sex Kitten Countdown”, I’m going to focus on some of her greatest hits, including one with the hilarious tag line:
“They Charge An Arm And A Leg!”
“Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers!”
Yes, the title and tagline should tell you how “tongue in bloody cheek” this film is, but that’s what makes it a classic!
Let’s take a step back first.
Michelle Bauer was born on October 1, 1958 in Montebello, California as Michelle Denise Medvitz.
Michelle married young and moved to Fernando Valley in California and started working at a car wash. Desperate for money, she applied to an ad for figure models and soon started modeling nude.
Michelle was a Penthouse Pet, and these photos are stunningly beautiful.
There’s a terrific documentary where Michelle shares her entire story of how she went from Penthouse to motion pictures…I will share that as well, but first, back to her modeling career:
Michelle appeared in a number of men’s magazines before working in more explicit adult films as Pia Snow…as she said at the time:
“Basically, my philosophy is just to have fun and not be under stress, enjoy what I’m doing and not do anything morally wrong. The only things I can think of which would be morally wrong would be harming animals in a movie, or children–something that really goes against my beliefs.”
Michelle also appeared on the Playboy Channel in the early ’80s.
Here’s what IMDB.com says happened next:
“While filming a series entitled “Romantic Visions” she met producer Paul Hertzberg, who then introduced her to Director Fred Olen Ray. She auditioned for Ray, landed the lead role in “The Tomb” in 1986, and her destiny as a Scream Queen was set in motion.”
Fred Olen Ray’s Cult Classic – With Chainsaws!
The Director has commented on some of my posts in the past – and he knows what a huge fan I am of this film – especially because the special edition blu-ray has the Hollywood premiere story I oversaw at a cable network called Movietime!
First, check out this vintage movie trailer – oh, be warned that it is full of sex, nudity and blood – everything that makes this film so great!
Check out the trailer:
Here is the film’s plot, courtesy of the great website “DVD Drive-in”:
“On the hunt for runaway Oxnard teenager Samantha, Los Angeles private detective Jack Chandler stumbles across an LAPD investigation into a series of chainsaw serial killings when thinks homicide detective Harrison’s “Cuisinart Queen” suspect – caught “making Chicken McNuggets with a chainsaw” – might be the missing girl!”
“Chicken McNuggets With A Chainsaw”!
I think we can all guess what will be in this film: lots of sex, blood, nudity and horrific fun – with Michelle Bauer in the middle of all of it!
Bauer brought an “anything goes” enthusiasm to her role, and in “Chainsaw Hookers”, she has a blast with some very large chainsaws!
Cult movies in the late 80’s were trying to keep the spirit of the drive-in alive – just bloodier, sexier and with a knowing wink to the audience!
“Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers” Director Fred Olen Ray has had a great career in movies, with more than 150 directing credits, like this one!
Many of his films are being remastered with bonus features, so click here to see more about this terrific gem, which Michelle is in as well:
Ray’s low budget films were always full of sex, nudity blood and fun – with an 80’s saturated gloss that makes them pop off the screen!
Now, let’s discuss the era of the Scream Queen.
Michelle is great friends with fellow “Scream Queen” Linnea Quigley, who also starred in “Chainsaw”…
It took over seven hours to paint Linnea Quigley’s body for her “Virgin Dance of the Double Chainsaws” set piece!
Cult movie fans know that the leader of the chainsaw cult in the film is played by the late great Gunnar Hansen, who also played the chainsaw-wielding Leatherface in “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre.”
As Bauer stated:
“I was scared to death of meeting Gunnar Hansen because growing up I saw The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974). I thought that guy was a real guy when I was very young. It was a very scary movie like the original The Hills Have Eyes (1977). So, when I met Gunnar, I’m going, “Oh my God, this guy’s a maniac! I know he’s nuts and he’s got this maniacal look in his eye!” I met him and he’s the most friendly, wonderful, fantastically cuddly, warmhearted gentleman you’d ever meet in your life. Just a big teddy bear and a pleasure to work with.”
Bauer was a magazine and cult film regular throughout the decade…
Bauer has more than 150 acting credits, a wild career including these cult gems:
According to IMDB, a sequel to this classic cult film is underway and Michelle is part of it – we’ll see!
In 1993, she appeared in this erotic thriller:
Michelle plays the woman who relates to her psychiatrist the many affairs that she and her blonde girlfriend have had, mainly with younger men.
She also took part in a terrific documentary about this wild era in film!
“Screaming In High Heels!”
The documentary “Screaming in High Heels: The Rise & Fall of the Scream Queen Era” from 2011 focuses on Bauer’s career, along with Linnea Quigley and Brinke Stevens.
Here is the trailer:
This documentary is so terrific! All three Actresses give in-depth, candid interviews about their lives and careers, and Director Like Fred Olen Ray are there to discuss the filmmaking of this time…these three were rock stars, no doubt about it!
This documentary is filled with great clips and interviews with others as well…and Amazon has it for rent or to download, but I bought the DVD – it’s really great, and discusses this wacky film the trio made together!
One of the great stories from the documentary recounts how the three Actresses were naked in a bathtub for an extended period of time – and were trying to figure out sexy things to do to each other the whole time!
This was truly a “once in a lifetime” era for cult cinema.
All three of these great Scream Queens deserve our respect and support – click here to see hwy “Nightmare Sisters” was made on a dare!
Linnea Quigley is featured extensively in the film, and she’s a terrific Scream Queen who I have profiled as well.
Click here to see more of Linnea’s great horror gems, like her naked graveyard dance!
Brinke Stevens was a great Actress, and a Marine Biologist too! Yes, she was!
Click here to see all of her revealing work!
Bravo to Michelle for her incredible career, and of course Linnea and Brinke as well!
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