To conclude my week long
celebrations and Scream Queens feature, I decided to go out in style and
who better to help me do that than ďQueen of the BísĒ Linnea Quigley.
Linnea has racked up over 100 performances in many of
the genreís classic films and TV shows, and has also worked with all the
best genre stars, but unlike some people will ďalways say that horror" got
her where she is today.
Had you always wanted to act
or did you just stumble into it?
I did always want to act, but didnít think I could. I would mouth things
in glee club, and never took part in any plays or even spoke up for that
matter. I wasnít a cheerleader or popular by any stretch of the
imagination. I made some awful attempts to fit in and hated school. I
was picked on and even had books thrown at my head, the works.
When I was alone I would sing along to Jackson 5 and
Donny Osmond. I hate to say it but itís true. I would only do this when
no one was looking and the door was closed.
You are known as the "Queen of
the B's", are you a fan of the horror genre or did you just find that
these were the type of roles offered to you?
I think it just happened. I love B-movies, and went to the drive-in in
Iowa all the time. I saw Billy Jack 15 times and had his hat and loved
Boxcar Bertha and all the weird stuff, so when I got offered the chance to
act I went for it. I also canít forget TCM the original which inspired me
I have a problem with actors
and actresses who try to hide their horror past. Do you share my disgust
with people who are ashamed of their start in the genre? After all
everyone who is anyone started in the horror genre!!
Yes I share your disgust! I donít get it? I presented Peter Jackson with
an award one year at Fango and he didnít mention Dead Alive. He is nice
and he still seems nice, even after all his success and all so I donít
want to judge. Maybe he forgot to mention that film. But I agree, mostly
it is actresses that are the worst. They donít mention it, and try to
cover it up. Hey it got them somewhere and in my opinion there is no
better place to learn.
Your first major role in a
horror movie was in 1981's Graduation Day which was recently released on
DVD here in the UK. In the movie, you played Dolores. How did you get
the part and what was the project like to work on?
I got Graduation Day by going in and having to act scared. This other
girl had already been cast as Delores but once she got on the set she
refused to show her breasts, so they called me and I was scared too, but I
wanted to do the film so badly, and back then it was like a huge no no to
refuse to do nudity, so I guess I got lucky. Bad luck to who ever she is.
I was also working on The Black Room at the time and had to run a lot. I
learned the hard way never to run after eating. Despite this, I thought
it was so much fun and luckily it wasnít too cold I hate cold.
"I had to be impaled on antlers
and it was taking forever".
You had parts in Psycho from
Texas and Don't go Near the Park the same year, and then continued to work
before appearing as Denise in 1984's Silent Night Deadly Night. At time
of release I was only 2 years old, but am aware that there was huge
controversy surrounding the film. Can you tell us about the project and
Oh you heard about that? When Silent Night Deadly Night was released, I
was in Mexico filming Treasure of the Moon Goddess a comedy with Don Calfa
and some other cool names, and my manager called and told me what was
happening. I couldnít understand why they made a big deal of it. I was
like why???? The publicís reaction was more frightening than the movie
itself!! It did the movie good though. The movie was shot in Utah and I
had to be impaled on antlers and it was taking forever, and then they had
to stage a fight over me in winter, so Iím up there trying not to breath
so that you canít see my breath in the cold and so the antlers wouldnít
move, and I was frozen and then to make matters worse, this other girl
working on the film was given a present and I wasnít so I felt really bad.
The same year you appeared in
Fatal Games. What was that movie like to work on?
I think the movie youíre referring to is Fatal Frames (note: I did
actually mean Fatal Games but it should be noted that the original title
for that film was ĎKilling Touchí so itís an easy mistake to make) and
that was an interesting shoot!! I have two books out where you can read
about that. The first is ďIím Screaming as Fast as I CanĒ and the other
is ďLinnea Quigley Chainsaw BiographyĒ but basically, I had to chase my
money around on a scooter in Rome. How fun is that? I saw my ex
husbands faxes to the filmmakers saying fuck you over and over again as he
was doing effects on it, but he was in the States and his crew were over
there so it was weird. It ended up that I had to go back a year or so
later to finish it. I had to finish ĎTreasureí in the Phillipines and had
to go during the uprise and Donald Pleasance was in the hotel having a
vacation it was weird. A lot of weird stuff happened around this time.
Also in 84 you played Linda
Blair's sister in Savage Streets, what was Linda like to work with? I
think it's a shame that the public can't get past her Exorcist image as
she is a good and likeable actress.
Linda was actually cast in the movie at the last minute which made me very
nervous as I was playing her younger sister and I had light eyes and
looked totally different to her so I was thinking ďoh they will fire me
for sureĒ. The first time we shot on set, I went so far as trying to be
shorter, but it worked out great. She is nice and a great actress also.
Linda has done really well for herself and has also done a lot of great
work for animal rights which I am also a firm believer in and supporter
In the movie, your character
is gang raped. Nudity has often been a requirement for your roles, is it
very nerve wracking to appear nude in front of lots of people knowing that
the whole world might see you or do you find it liberating?
I donít find nudity liberating at all. I had a hard time every time I was
required to be nude, since the cast and crew all have to try to get on set
like they have never seen a naked woman before, so I always tried to have
closed sets, but now Iím doing very different things and if you go to my
site www.linneaquigleycircle.com you can see my music and what I am doing.
It took a long enough time to get where I am, but I will always say horror
got me here.
1985 saw you take on your most
notable role, that of Trash in Return of the Living Dead. How did you get
Oh man, I got RLD when they re-cast the movie. They didnít get the money
that they had quite hoped for and the casting director Stanzi Stokes who
cast me in ĎSilent Nightí called me in. I was called again and again and
I finally got it but they wanted me to shave my eyebrows and cut my hair
but I still got it. The girl who was originally cast to play Trash got
pregnant so I landed the part instead. Hey I see a pattern here.
Roles followed in Creepozoids
and Nightmare Sisters before you played Spider in the cult classic
Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama. Was that enjoyable to work
I loved playing the tough girl in SBabes. I just loved it, and I had cool
costumes and it was just so much fun. It was all nights and a lot of stuff
happened there too.
The film had an excellent
cast, many of which you are friends with, which included the beautiful and
talented Robin Stille. Would you care to comment on the tragedy of her
I know Robin had a huge drinking problem. She had kamakazies all the time
on the set, and I think she lied about a lot of stuff, but I feel bad. I
still donít know what the real truth under it all was. I think she was a
good person and something happened to her, I donít know what, she got so
drunk she actually hurt me on set and that never happens as Iím very
careful on stunts.
In 1988 you appeared as a soul
in Freddy's chest in A Nightmare on Elm Street 4. Can you tell us a bit
about the process and what it was like to appear in Robert Englund? A
proud moment I assume?
I actually got engaged on the set of that movie right after coming out of
Freddyís chest. Steve Johnson who did effects on it gave me a ring so that
was funny. While heís hosing my KY jelly off me and after it fell over
almost killing us and some others, he still managed to ask me to marry
The same year you appeared in
the attention grabbing role of Suzanne in Night of the Demons. You had
great lines and THAT lipstick scene which is one of the most talked about
scenes in horror movie history. Was the part of Suzanne a dream come true
and how much fun did you have on set?
I had fun on Night of the Demons, but I hated having the makeup on my
face. It is not good no matter what they tell you! One night it took
from 3 in the afternoon till dawn the next day it was 12 hours of it, and
I came up with ways out of it. Despite that, Kevin is a great director and
I almost didnít get it as I told my agent that I wasnít going to go to the
audition as I felt that I was too old for the part and didnít want to be
rejected, as being over 18 is not considered a good thing in LA. My agent
persisted however stating that they really wanted to see me and in the end
I got the part.
In 1995 you were in Jack O.
The DVD release has been long delayed here, can you tell us a little bit
about the film?
I loved working with Steve Latshaw and did another film with him called
Death Mask which was also with James Best. It was so cool I did my own
behind the scenes on that which kicks ass.
"The genre has changed for the better
lately but man it took a wrong turn
and got off track for a while there.".
In 1999 you were in the
severley underated Kolobos which actually had a lot of positive reviews
here in the UK. What was that like to work on, and what did you think of
the finished film?
I thought Kolobos was brilliant, very cool. I got stuff cut as they
changed the ending, but I didnít recognize myself as I was padded up and
was walking like an old woman. The makeup they did horrified me. I mean
it was good for the part but man I looked different.
You had a small part as a
hooker in The Prophecy 3 in 2000, did you have any scenes with Christopher
Walken and what was he like?
I donít think unless they used old footage that Iím in Prophecy 3. I have
to see it sometime but I wish I could have worked with them. Damn, if you
have seen it and Iím in it let me know.
Scream Queen sounds
interesting, can you tell us a bit about it?
I donít know if Scream Queen will be released. I have it and all but it
was shot on video, so I have no clue? Itís on my site but I have no idea
if any one has it out or not.
Zombiegeddon has the most
impressive B-movie cast list I have ever seen!! What can you tell us
about the project and your role?
I was shooting a cool movie The notorious Colonel Steele and doing the
music for it, and they came up and shot me on video so I havenít seen it.
Now if you want to see an impressive cast go to
www.itcamefromtrafalgar.com Iím also doing music in that, and go back to film more soon and do a CD. They also shot our first performance of The
Skirts after 20 years or so. They shot 4 videos and it's being edited
just now. We had Joey Image from The Misfits on drums, who is so cool. I
ím hoping to use him all the time now but he is in LA and Iím here in
Florida. I hope to have him he is so good
What is your opinion on the
current state of the genre? Do you feel that the industry has changed
drastically over the years and is it a change for the
The genre has changed for the better lately but man it took a wrong turn
and got off track for a while there. There are still lots of bad remake
mistakes but on the whole, I think that things are a bit better.
Frost and Unaware are
scheduled for release this year, what can you tell us about the
Unaware was shot on HD and for more info you can go to
www.unawaremovie.com It looks like a million bucks. Iím not sure about the release plans for Frost. Since I left LA I have not been able to get a handle on anything. I hate it, and I know now that I should never have left. I miss my house, my neighbors, and the people so much it hurts.
What are you working on
Well letís see, I did an interview for Starlog recently so look out for
that, and then I have a movie coming out later this summer called Miss
Maniac you can get info on that at http://members.aol.com/missmaniacmovie
I have a lot of work to get ready for, and I have some
other projects that I am interested in, but I will wait until I actually
shoot anything until I let you hear about them. You know how the biz can
be. If you want to keep up to date with my music go to
"Thank you ever so much for taking part in this interview
And we wish you the very best of luck in the future."
You can visit Linnea's official web site right here: www.linneaquigleycircle.com