30 Days, 30 Scream Queens | day five
↳ Linnea Quigley
The tough punk rock goddess you see before you is, in reality, a really cute blonde with an affinity for B-movies… who also happens to be a punk rock goddess. Linnea Quigley stole most people’s hearts as Trash in Return of the Living Dead. That character is something all girls can relate to, I think—doesn’t punk rock and death turn everyone on at least a little bit?
Quigley maintains her punk rock cred in my eyes even when she isn’t wearing the cropped cherry red hair. A former Playboy flashdancer, Quigley has appeared in a number of music videos (Ramones, Motorhead, etc) as a performer/dancer. Outside of that, she was the guitarist in the all-girl band Mad Whistle, then later her own band called The Skirts. Add to that the two books she’s penned and her ongoing work as an actress and producer in horror and B-movie cinema and Linnea Quigley isn’t just punk rock, she’s badass.
In compiling this list, I’ve come to find that the stereotype of scream queen as “frightened buxom blonde” is pretty much bullshit. Who knows where that came from. Regardless of her hair or her state of undress (Quigley does spend a good portion of Return of the Living Dead completely nude), Quigley always gives a memorable performance and it’s her command of the screen that makes her scream queen.
FILMS TO WATCH: Return of the Living Dead (1985), Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984), Night of the Demons (1988), Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers (1988)