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Films of Linnea Quigley

Linnea Quigley made a breakthrough in The Return of the Living Dead.

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Curvy, blonde, and petite (5' 2", 98 pounds), Linnea Quigley has made 90 feature films since she moved to Hollywood in 1975. She landed her first acting gig while still in her teens, and quickly became a "scream queen" -- a beauty active mainly in R-rated horror thrillers. It's not much of a living, though -- in 1987, Quigley was paid just $400 for her starring role in Nightmare Sisters. Here are some of her most piquantly titled films.

 

1. Psycho from Texas (1975)

1. Psycho from Texas (1975)

A drifter is hired to kidnap and kill a Texas oil millionaire; Quigley plays a barmaid in this, her first feature film.

2. The Return of the Living Dead (1985)

2. The Return of the Living Dead (1985)

Flesh-eating zombies assault teens trapped in a warehouse. This was Quigley's breakthrough movie. She plays Trash, a punk rocker who performs an exotic dance atop a tombstone.

3. Creepozoids (1987)

3. Creepozoids (1987)

Ragged survivors of World War III straggle into an abandoned laboratory that is crawling with cannibalistic humanoids created following a botched government experiment in food research. Quigley fights monsters and takes a shower.

4. Nightmare Sisters (1987)

4. Nightmare Sisters (1987)

Three geeky college girls are possessed by an evil spirit and become ravenous sex bombs. Can the boy geeks save them? Top-billed Quigley is joined by fellow scream queens Brinke Stevens and Michelle Bauer.

5. Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama (1988)

5. Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama (1988)

Skimpily attired sorority gals are trapped in a bowling alley with an evil imp who has been released from a shattered bowling trophy. Quigley battles the imp and bowls.

6. Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers (1988)

6. Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers (1988)

A private detective runs up against prostitutes who carve up their johns in cultish blood rites. The movie's tagline: "They charge an arm and a leg!"

7. Blood Nasty (1989)

7. Blood Nasty (1989)

An ordinary fellow dies and is reanimated with the soul of a serial killer. Problem: The innocent guy's mom would rather he stay dead (life insurance, you see). Meanwhile, the serial killer is determined to continue his mischief.

8. Assault of the Party Nerds (1989)

8. Assault of the Party Nerds (1989)

A four-member fraternity tries to enlist more members in the days before graduation. Quigley plays Bambi, a cutie enlisted to help swell the rolls.

9. Robot Ninja (1990)

9. Robot Ninja (1990)

A lonely comic book artist transforms himself into Robot Ninja, a violent crime fighter. Besides Linnea, this one features Burt Ward, who enjoyed fame in the '60s as Robin on TV's Batman.

10. Beach Babes from Beyond (1993)

10. Beach Babes from Beyond (1993)

Interstellar beach girls land on Earth and enter a bikini contest to help an old fella hang on to his beach house. Burt Ward makes an appearance as do Jackie Stallone (Sly's mom) and Joey Travolta (John's brother).

11. Sick-o-Pathics (1996)

11. Sick-o-Pathics (1996)

Art imitates life in this horror-comedy: Quigley plays a scream queen in a segment called "Commercial: Dr. Riker's Hair Lotion."

12. Mari-Cookie and the Killer Tarantula (1998)

12. Mari-Cookie and the Killer Tarantula (1998)

Spider queen Mari-Cookie (played by vintage cult actress Lina Romay) kidnaps men and strings them up in gigantic gooey webs. Quigley, in a costarring role, wears a teeny bikini.

13. Kannibal (2001)

13. Kannibal (2001)

Quigley plays crime boss Georgina Thereshkova, who finds herself in the crosshairs of the police and a male mob chief.

14. Corpses Are Forever (2003)

14. Corpses Are Forever (2003)

When the gates of hell open, the world is overrun with zombies. Humankind's only hope is an amnesiac spy and his odd assortment of allies. Third-billed Quigley takes a back seat to scream queens Brinke Stevens and Debbie Rochon.

15. Zombiegeddon (2003)

15. Zombiegeddon (2003)

It's a zombie apocalypse as the walking dead take over the world. At age 45, Quigley plays a school principal.

16. Hoodoo for Voodoo (2006)

16. Hoodoo for Voodoo (2006)

College students at Mardi Gras pick up a dose of real voodoo and drop dead. Quigley plays a more mature character, Queen Marie.

17. Spring Break Massacre (2007)

17. Spring Break Massacre (2007)

Six sorority girls on a sleepover are stalked by an escaped serial killer. No bikini for Quigley in this one; she's the deputy sheriff.

Helen Davies, Marjorie Dorfman, Mary Fons, Deborah Hawkins, Martin Hintz, Linnea Lundgren, David Priess, Julia Clark Robinson, Paul Seaburn, Heidi Stevens, and Steve Theunissen

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