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Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers (1988)

R | | Comedy, Horror | March 1988 (USA)
A detective embarks on a mission to track down a woman in L.A.'s seedy nightclubs, only to come face-to-face with a blood-thirsty cult of lethally beautiful prostitutes. Is he the next victim of Hollywood's demented Chainsaw Hookers?

Director:

Fred Olen Ray

Writers:

Fred Olen Ray (screenplay) (as Dr. S. Carver), T.L. Lankford (screenplay) (as B.J. Nestles) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gunnar Hansen ... The Stranger
Linnea Quigley ... Samantha
John Henry Richardson ... Jack Chandler (as Jay Richardson)
Dawn Wildsmith ... Lori
Michelle Bauer ... Mercedes (as Michelle McLellan)
Esther Elise ... Lisa (as Esther Alise)
Tricia Burns Tricia Burns ... Ilsa
Fox Harris Fox Harris ... Hermie (as Jerry Fox)
Jimmy Williams ... Bo
Michael Sonye Michael Sonye ... Jake the Bartender (as Dukey Flyswatter)
Dennis T. Mooney Dennis T. Mooney ... Harrison (as Dennis Monney)
Jerry Miller Jerry Miller ... Murphy
Steve Welles ... Lab Tech #1
Charles O'Hair ... Lab Tech #2
Susie Wilson Susie Wilson ... Sally
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Storyline

Entrusted with finding the whereabouts of the teenage runaway, Samantha, the experienced private detective, Jack Chandler, embarks on the seemingly easy mission to track down the girl in Los Angeles' seedy nightclubs. Suspecting that the missing woman has fallen prey to a Hollywood prostitution ring, Jack goes undercover, only to discover that a blood-thirsty cult of lethally beautiful and chainsaw-wielding prostitutes is terrorising the city. Could innocent Samantha be part of Hollywood's demented Chainsaw Hookers? Is Detective Chandler going to be the demonic sect's next victim? Written by Nick Riganas

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They Charge An Arm and a Leg!

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Comedy | Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

March 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Budget:

$23,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The original title was "Chainsaw Hookers", but the video distribution company that provided part of the funding (LA Video) wanted the word "Hollywood" in the title. When the film was released in the UK, it was called "Hollywood Hookers" because it was illegal to use the word "Chainsaw" in a movie title. Instead, they used a picture of a chainsaw in place of the word. See more »

Quotes

Jack Chandler: I'd stumbled into the middle of an evil, insidious cult of chainsaw worshipping maniacs. I had to wonder if we'd let our religious freedom go too far in this country, or maybe our immigration laws were just too lax.
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Crazy Credits

The CHAINSAWS used in this Motion Picture are REAL and DANGEROUS! They are handled here by seasoned PROFESSIONALS. The makers of this Motion Picture advise strongly against anyone attempting to perform these stunts at home. Especially if you are naked and about to engage in strenuous SEX. My conscience is clear, (signed) Fred Olen Ray. See more »

Alternate Versions

The original UK video release was cut by 1 minute 6 seconds to remove all use of chainsaws as weapons. The distributor - Colourbox Video was also forced to remove the word 'chainsaw' from the title. See more »

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Kick Around Me
Written and Performed by Jesse Hawkins
Produced by Donald G. Jackson
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Floating to the top
15 February 2008 | by lazarilloSee all my reviews

I wholeheartedly agree with earlier reviewers that said this movie is one of the best of its genre--unfortunately that genre is worthless crap. This is an early example of horror/comedy "scream queen" movies, featuring two of the more ubiquitous screams queens Michelle Bauer and Linnaea Quigley, and directed by one of the pioneers of these kind of films (along with Dave DeCoutea and Jim Wynorski)--Fred Olen Ray. This movie, however, is surprisingly creative and long on plot, and it actually has more than one set and a budget that approaches whole numbers. It is also genuinely funny in places.

These kind of films were largely inspired by the 70's Roger Corman-produced films like "Hollywood Boulevard" or "Caged Heat" (Jim Wynorski actually got his start with Corman--thank's a lot, Roger), but there's a good reason many of the directors of those films went onto bigger and (usually) better things while the three amigos here have kept doing this same thing year after year. There's a big difference between seriously making schlocky films that nevertheless demonstrate real talent, and just mugging your way through self-consciously campy "cult films" in attempt to disguise a total lack of it. Olen Ray, at least, has a genuine love of film which shows in some of his best work (Wynorski, as he himself brags in every interview, is more interested in improving his own dating life than in making good movies, while the openly gay DeCouteau is just a hack by any standard).

As for the "scream queens", Quigley and Bauer, they certainly camp it up as usual, but make enough of effort that they seem more like genuine actresses than strippers here. This is the kind of the movie that really floats to the top of the HUGE pool of worthless crap movies that have been churned out since the early 80's, but it also, mind you, doesn't quite float ABOVE that pool. If you like these kinds of movies, of course, you won't want to miss it. And for everyone else?--well, you could do worse, I guess.


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