Happy Birthday Linnea!
It’s a joy to be able to celebrate iconic Scream Queen Linnea Quigley – who has a terrific career in cult film and more, and is still active today!
My “2022 Sex Kitten countdown” powers up the chainsaw on this special day – let’s celebrate Linnea Quigley!
Time For Some Cult Camp Classics – With Cinema’s Reigning Cult “Scream Queen!”
She was born on May 27, 1958 in Davenport, Iowa. The family moved to Los Angeles in the late 70’s and Hollywood took notice!
Linnea Quigley is best known for an incredible run of 80’s horror films, and became America’s most legendary “Scream Queen!”
Since she has more than 170 screen credits, I’m going to pop around to look at some of her best!
Her breakout role was in the 1981 slasher film, “Graduation Day”, followed by ” Savage Streets”, “Silent Night, Deadly Night” and many others, like “Creepozoid!”
She appeared a a number of great 80’s “B”-movies like “Nightmare Sisters”…where she always managed to stay very clean!
A Scream Queen “Legend” Is Born!
Quigley had a number of films to her name by the mid-80’s, making a name for herself and building up a loyal fan base. And then, it was time to “rock it” to the big time!
Linnea Shows Off Her Talent!
Yes, that’s a very naked Linnea Quigley dancing in a graveyard in the hit movie “The Return Of The Living Dead!”
In 1985, Quigley broke out big time with her sexy “dance with the dead” – she played teenage punk “Trash”!
Here is the trailer for this 80’s horror camp classic:
Linnea’s Camp Horror Trifecta!
“Return Of The Living Dead” made Quigley a star, but for me, 1988 was the year she became America’s “Scream Queen” forever!
As she said once about her favorite films:
“My favorites, selected from my own movies, are Savage Streets (1984), The Return of the Living Dead (1985) and Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers (1988). One of the differences between my association with horror films and scream queens of past generations is that I don’t faint as much.”
1988 – The Year Of The Chainsaw!
What an outfit – or not! We’ll get to this wildly entertaining chainsaw in a moment, but I love that Quigley later said she was stunned to see this photo used on posters, as she is nude!
As I said, in 1988 Quigley starred in FOUR 80’s horror classics, beginning with a movie that screams 80’s excess – even in its title!
“Sorority Babes In The Slimeball Bowl-A-Rama!”
What makes this movie perfect is, of course, the title – not just for using the word “Slimeball”, but because it was originally known as “The Imp!”
Yes, the plot of this film is simple: sorority babes worship an Imp that grants deadly wishes. And it had this classic line:
“It’s too bad we had to kill her. I really liked the outfit she had on.”
Check out the somewhat annoying trailer:
Campy? Sure! A whole lot of fun to watch! Absolutely! Next up is another 80’s horror classic:
“Night Of The Demons!”
Talk about a film that completely captures the spirit of horror in the 80’s!
Here is the trailer for “Night Of The Demons”:
Once again, Quigley steals the film, which is a “kids go to party and die instead” setup, this time in an abandoned funeral parlor. Quigley’s imaginative use of lipstick, plus some well-placed nudity, was all it took for the film to be a huge hit!
According to IMDB, Linnea and special effects artist Steve Johnson met when she came in to get the mold for her fake breasts done! They were later married.
Quigley starred in FIVE films in 1988, including this classic:
“Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers” gave Linnea the chance to wield a very big chainsaw!
Check out the trailer to Director Fred Olen Ray’s cult classic:
I am going to look into this film more closely later this month – because Ray deserves a lot of credit for making movies more fun!
The fourth film of 1988 was a low budget gem that has a very unique backstory!
“The Nightmare Sisters” was done on a dare!
That’s right – you can read the entire story about how and why this cult film was made – and of course, why these three ended up in the bath for a very long naked scrub down!
See more of the fun in store in this cult gem – just click here!
Quigley went on to appear in a ton of movies and music videos and she continues to act and make personal appearances today as well…and she’s also a great Author!
Quigley has written three books; “The Linnea Quigley Bio & Chainsaw Book”, “I’m Screaming as Fast as I Can: My Life in B-Movies” and “Skin”…check them out at Amazon!
And if you want to see Linnea’s terrific 80’s workout video, click here for more:
Also, follow Linnea at her official website:
She made a powerful impact as the young sister to Linda Blair’s feisty high schooler in the action thriller “Savage Streets”:
This is a wild, gritty and dark film, and Blair also excels in it – see more of the film and Linda’s wild cult career by clicking on my story here:
There are so many other credits I could share, so happy day to this legendary “Scream Queen!”
Linnea worked with some of the other great 80’s Cult Movie Queens like Michelle Bauer:
Michelle also has a great career of cult gems – click here to see them all:
The last of the “Nightmare Sisters” was a former Marine Biologist!
Brinke Stevens worked with Linnea on so many projects, but did so many other great films on her own – see the best here!
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Kudos to Linnea Quigley for entertaining millions of fans over the years…another Hollywood Sex Kitten who has brains as well….happy birthday!
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I was introduced to her and her wacky films through this blog, John. That dance never gets old! 🙂
Best wishes, Pete.
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Indeed Pete – hope you are having a great weekend!
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Some of the hottest photos I’ve ever seen are of a borderline hardcore lesbian shoot with Brinke Stevens and Quigley early in their careers.