Badasses, Boobs and Body Counts All things Grindhouse, Exploitation, Drive-In and B-Movies. Podcast. Movie Reviews. Video Game Reviews. Genre Film Articles. Ladies of Exploitation. Mon, 22 Jan 2018 17:32:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Badasses, Boobs and Body Counts 32 32 265 – Best of 2017 Sun, 21 Jan 2018 21:52:09 +0000 In the show’s longest episode to date, Mike, Iris and Mark take listener e-mail and MP3s while chatting about the best and worst films of 2017. This episode depends largely on community input and this year participation hit an all-time high. We hope you enjoy this extra long annual episode jam-packed with fun, insightful and amusing content from the BBandBC community.

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Linnea Quigley Wed, 17 Jan 2018 00:55:07 +0000 “A scream queen is an actress who has become associated with horror films, either through an appearance in a notable entry in the genre as a frequent victim or through constant appearances as the female protagonist.  Jamie Lee Curtis is noted as a seminal example for her performances in the popular slasher films of the HALLOWEEN franchise.” – Wikipedia

That Wiki definition pretty much nails it.  Though I suppose fans of generational horror may have varied opinions on the term Scream Queen.  This article however is not about Scream Queens but instead will touch on an exploitation actress that is often cited as a Scream Queen due to numerous appearances in low-budget horror films.  Since Linnea Quigley is a well-known actress in a well-known genre, I’ll try my best to keep this short and to-the-point considering the vast amount of information available regarding her long and successful career.

After graduating from high school in 1976, Quigley moved to the greater Los Angeles area with her parents.  Shortly after enrolling in drama and guitar classes, Quigley found herself performing in a series of television commercials.  With her natural beauty, blonde hair and amazing teeth, she was a shoe-in for the Close-Up toothpaste commercials.  Quigley’s appearance in films up until 1985 were intermittent and she was uncredited in most of those films.  In TOURIST TRAP (1979), she played a mannequin of all things.  In STONE COLD DEAD (1979), she played “First Victim.”  In both Cheech & Chong’s NICE DREAMS (1981) and STILL SMOKIN (1983), Quigley appeared as “Blondie #2” and “Blonde in Spa” respectfully.

After being impaled topless on a pair of wall-mounted deer antlers in SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT (1984), Quigley landed the role of Trash in Dan O’Bannon’s comedic zombie romp THE RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD (1985).  In looking back from an outsider’s perspective, this is the film that put her on the A-list for B-movies.  Trash is a crass, rebellious punk-rocker who lives life one day at a time.  Like many films leading up to THE RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD, Linnea’s character runs around topless throughout most of the film.  Once she’s infected with the zombie virus she continues to run around in her birthday suit.  I can say without hesitation, she’s the sexiest zombie to ever grace the silver screen.

Linnea would go on to appear in countless other low-budget films outside the horror genre.  In the years between 1985 and 2000, she appeared in over 50 films across several different genres.  DR. ALIEN (1989), DEADLY EMBRACE (1989), VICE ACADEMY (1989), and MURDER WEAPON (1989) are all solid exploitation films that venture outside of horror.  Her close friendship with director David DeCoteau kept her extremely busy in the late 80s and early 90s.  To this very day the two remain close and she occasionally works with him on current projects.

Quigley’s willingness to get nude in many of her early films was obviously a plus in terms of landing roles.  She always seemed to remove her clothes with a sense of mischievous adventure.  She’s clearly a funny, talented actress that didn’t need to do this, but her willingness to do so benefited her in the parts she received.  One example where she keeps her clothes on is the David DeCoteau picture SORORITY BABES IN THE SLIMEBALL BOWL-O-RAMA (1988), proving nudity wasn’t necessary in securing her attention grabbing screen presence.  She plays a streetwise thief in a campy, entertaining clothes-on performance.  SORORITY BABES IN THE SLIMEBALL BOWL-O-RAMA and NIGHTMARE SISTERS (1988) both star Linnea Quigley, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that these two films also star Michelle Bauer (my dream interview) and Brinke Stevens.  It’s the triple threat that exploitation directors dreamt about in the late 80s, but one that only a single director brought together.

Here’s a short list of films we think you’d like that feature the beautiful Linnea Quigley.


Linnea Quigley has championed her career in the film business and is still working in low budget films to this day.  When she’s not appearing in movies, she’s standing up for the rights of animals with a particular love of dogs.  We applaud Mrs. Quigley for doing so and are proud to have her inducted into our library commemorating the Ladies of Exploitation.

Contributed by: Mike Murphy

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21 – Genre TV Report Mon, 15 Jan 2018 17:44:09 +0000 Kevin Bachedler is back with the first installment of our genre TV Report for 2018. Kevin catches us up on The Gifted, Van Helsing, Runaways, iZombie, Game of Thrones, Snowpiercer and much more.

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The Gifted Renewed
Van Helsing Renewed
Hulu Renews Runaways And Future Man
BBC America Cancels Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency
Premiere Dates For iZombie And The 100
Krypton Premiere Date Announced
Game Of Thrones Eighth And Final Season Coming In 2019
Nightflyers Ordered To Series
Snowpiercer Ordered to Series at TNT
Counterpart Trailer

Contributed by: Kevin Bachelder

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264 – A Night to Dismember (1983) Sun, 14 Jan 2018 16:35:52 +0000 For the second episode of 2018, your show hosts Mike and Mark discuss director Doris Wishman’s A NIGHT TO DISMEMBER (1983). With Iris still out on special assignment exploring the cinematic wastelands, we tackle this train wreck of a film. Your hosts can’t help but see past all its inherent flaws and glaring production mistakes to embrace the film upon its own terms. Well, not really, but we both really love it for what it is.

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Strip Nude For Your Killer (1975) Sat, 13 Jan 2018 22:21:46 +0000 Director: Andrea Bianchi
Starring: Edwige Fenech, Solvi Stubing, Nino Castelnuovo, and Erna Schürer
Written by: Massimo Felisatti
Runtime: 98 Minutes
Release Date: August 26th, 1975

When a film possesses a title such as STRIP NUDE FOR YOUR KILLER, the mind immediately imagines the kind of lurid and exploitative imagery embodied so perfectly by the Italian Giallo films of the 70s and 80s.  Thankfully, there will never be enough of those in the world, so seeing a title like this one live up to the potential it inspires is quite satisfying.  Further defining the Giallo expectations within, this film stars the inconceivably gorgeous Edwige Fenech, whose work I am actually experiencing for the first time with this film despite being a lifelong fan of the genre.  In a mostly ensemble cast, she commands every scene she’s in as Magda, a photographer for the Albatross Modeling Agency whose employees find themselves in danger after the death of a model.

The model in question, Evelyn, is the first thing you see in the film as it opens on an unflattering shot of her pubic hair.  Not aiming for eroticism here, the camera pulls back to reveal that she is undergoing an illegal abortion.  She has a coronary and almost instantly dies on the doctor’s table.  The doctor ever-so-respectfully calls a friend to sneak Evelyn’s corpse back to her home in order to stage her death there, hiding his involvement.  Following credits presented over a tune that wouldn’t have been out of place in a Fred Williamson movie, the doctor’s intent to not implicate himself in the woman’s death is proven to be all for nothing.  As he arrives home, he is suddenly murdered by someone in a slick biker outfit with a helmet concealing the perpetrator’s identity.

From here we meet the possible suspects and/or future victims who all are involved with the Albatross modeling agency.  From the woman who runs the agency to the womanizing male photographer, few involved lack motives to kill and even fewer make it out alive.  There are few surprises to be had as the film delivers exactly on the title’s promise.  One by one, beautiful women and dumb men find themselves in various stages of undress and sexual circumstances.  A beautiful redhead recruited to the agency by lecherous photographer Carlo (Nino Castelnuovo) delivers an erotic charge to her every scene. The comically rotund Maurizio (Franco Diogene), the Paul Bearer-esque (non-wrestling fans, google him for a good chuckle) husband of the agency’s owner, attempts to nonchalantly rape a model (that is the only way to describe his odd approach), but ends up being pitied by her as he prematurely ejaculates while pathetically sobbing in a strange excerpt that adds to the filth on display.

Despite the continuous nudity and death, this is unfortunately not a terribly surprising or violent film compared to genre classics like TENEBRAE (1982) or NEW YORK RIPPER (1982).  STRIP NUDE FOR YOUR KILLER makes sure to get by quite comfortably on eye candy alone, both from the allure of the film’s female cast and the lavish cinematography by Italian exploitation stalwart Franco Delli Colli.  In a film like this, style often IS the substance.  A complaint could easily be made that the film often feels more like softcore porn with a bit of mystery than a straight horror title, but fans of the generally lurid will appreciate the final result regardless of the film’s shortcomings.  STRIP NUDE FOR YOUR KILLER marks a strange genre entry that ends on a “surprise anal sex” joke that would have felt more appropriate in an Austin Powers film.

Final Thoughts:
Coming from the director of the legendary BURIAL GROUND: THE NIGHTS OF TERROR (1981), I will admit that I wasn’t expecting much from this film.  While entertaining, that film is certainly a mess from top to bottom and you can certainly see that Bianchi’s fixation with incest isn’t limited to just one film as it is also present in 1975’s STRIP NUDE FOR YOUR KILLER.  Despite being the earlier film, this one is considerably more competent and logical, finding an anchor in the truly magnetic Edwige Fenech, whose films this reviewer will only continue to consume now that this first taste has whet my appetite for more.  If she isn’t enough to keep your attention, then nothing will.  This all comes down to a film that Giallo newcomers likely won’t appreciate out of the gate, but those well-versed in their Italian exploitation cinema and the inimitable form it embodies will feel well at home with STRIP NUDE FOR YOUR KILLER, properly classifying this film relative to the greats from directors like Argento and Fulci.

Contributed by Josh Stewart

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EP263 – Frozen Scream Sun, 07 Jan 2018 18:04:24 +0000 It’s a brand new year and we’re back with an all new episode. This week on the show, Mark and Mike discuss the Frank Roach directed picture FROZEN SCREAM (1975). It doesn’t get much worse than this folks, but your two hosts manage to get through the episode without beating up this UK appointed Video Nasty too badly. We hope you enjoy this episode and wish all our listeners a Happy New Year!

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EP262 – Trailer Trash Vol. 4 Sat, 30 Dec 2017 22:14:28 +0000 This week’s episode features an eclectic selection of trashy exploitation trailers. When digging through our 16MM archives, we found a few that surprised even us. You should really enjoy this episode and I’m guessing you’ll want to hunt down a few of the films featured after listening to this week’s program. A HUGE thanks goes out to Mark Sering for producing this volume of Trailer Trash. Below is a list of trailers you’ll hear in this episode:

0 Intro
1 Astro Zombies
2 Phantasm & The Fog
3 Amityville Horror
4 Count Yorga Vampire
5 The Dark
6 Nightmare
7 Graduation Day
8 Basket Case
9 Beyond The Door
10 The Bird With The Crystal Plumage
11 Don’t Open The Window (Spot A)
12 Female Butcher
13 An American Werewolf In London
14 House of Psychotic Women
15 Manson Massacre
16 The Mutations
17 Bug!
18 The Beast Must Die
19 Black Eye
20 Black Gun
21 Black Heat
22 Black Jack
23 Black Rodeo
24 Black Mama, White Mama
25 Black Street Fighter
26 Enter The Dragon
27 Dragon Flies
28 Death Machines
29 Joe Kidd
30 High Plains Drifter
31 Five Bloody Graves
32 A Fistful Of Dollars & For A Few Dollars More
33 Alien
34 Apes Radio Spots
35 Cinderella 2000
36 Fantastic Invasion Of Planet Earth
37 The Island Of Dr. Moreau
38 Exterminators Of The Year 3000
39 The Junkman (TV Spot)
40 Dirty Mary & Crazy Larry
41 A Small Town In Texas
42 Eat My Dust
43 Hard Times & White Line Fever
44 Almost Summer
45 Candy
46 Convention Girls & Naked Rider
47 Come Home and Meet My Wife
48 The Little Whorehouse On The Prarie
49 Emmanuelle
50 The Harrad Experiment
51 Girls On The Road
52 Massage Parlor Hookers
53 They Call Her One Eye
54 Angel’s Wild Women
55 Hitchhike To Hell & Kidnap Coed
56 1,000 Convicts And A Woman
57 Corruption
58 Hennessy
59 McQ
60 Death Wish
61 Death Of A Hooker
62 And Soon The Darkness
63 Asylum
64 Cannibals In The Streets
65 Chiller Carnival Of Blood
66 Don’t Go In The Woods
67 Let’s Scare Jessica To Death
68 Frankenstein’s Castle Of Freaks
69 The House Of 7 Corpses
70 Don’t Look In The Basement
71 John Russo’s Midnight
72 Dracula’s Dog
73 Mortuary
74 Fright Trailer
75 New House On The Left
76 Bermuda Triangle
77 Mondo & Wild Woman With a Whip
78 Extro

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EP261 – The Star Wars Holiday Special Sun, 24 Dec 2017 17:34:49 +0000 This week, Mike, Iris and Mark discuss the made for TV program THE STAR WARS HOLIDAY SPECIAL (1978). Much like the television show, your three hosts are confused regarding how this abomination got produced for a one-time airing on CBS. We hope you enjoy our final episode of the year and wish you a very MERRY CHRISTMAS.

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EP20 – Genre TV Report Mon, 18 Dec 2017 16:24:22 +0000 There’s not a lot on the Genre TV dinner table this week but Kevin Bachelder manages to dish out what there is. He serves up The Punisher, Z Nation, Altered Carbon, Black Lightning and the captivating Jessica Jones. Enjoy this episode of our program and Merry Christmas!

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The Punisher Renewed for Season 2
Z Nation Season 5 Confirmed
Altered Carbon Trailer And Release Date
Jessica Jones Season 2 Teaser And Date Announcement
Black Lightning Trailer
Krypton Teaser

Best Episodes of the Week
The Librarians

Upcoming Show Returns/ DVD Releases / Streaming Availability
Doctor Who Christmas Special

Contributed by: Kevin Bachelder

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EP260 – Santa Claus Sun, 17 Dec 2017 16:21:09 +0000 This week, Mike and Iris are joined by guest co-host Curt Harper to discuss director Rene Cardona’s classic holiday film SANTA CLAUS (1959). This particular episode is brought to you by our loyal Patreon Patrons. We gave them ten different films for consideration and SANTA CLAUS rose to the top with a 44% take of the vote. We dig into this odd Spanish produced film and discuss a wide range of topics during our chat – most of which make no sense at all.

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