Review: ‘Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers’

Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers is a self-styled cult film that is entertaining for its intended fringe audience.

Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers is a self-styled cult film that is entertaining for its intended fringe audience.

Private dick Jay Richardson is hired to find runaway teenage beauty Linnea Quigley, whose dad had been suspected of child abuse. He finds her stripping in a topless club; she slips him a mickey and he awakes to find himself in the midst of a blood cult ritual presided over by Gunnar Hansen (Leatherface in The Texas Chain Saw Massacre).

Spoof goes over the edge when cult is revealed to be worshipping the chainsaw, ‘the cosmic link by which all things are united.’ Pic’s highpoint is an outrageous sequence when voluptuous Michelle Bauer, posing as a hooker, covers her Elvis wall poster with plastic as she strips to an Elvis soundalike record and then bloodily cuts up her customer with a chainsaw. Pic climaxes with a dueling chainsaws battle between Quigley and Bauer.

Richardson is okay as the private eye given to clutzy voiceover, but Hansen’s line readings are flat.

Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers

Production

Savage Cinema. Dir Fred Olen Ray; Producer Fred Olen Ray; Screenplay Fred Olen Ray, T.L. Lankford; Camera Scott Ressler; Editor William Shaffer; Music Michael Perilstein Art Dir Corey Kaplan

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1988. Running time: 74 MIN.

With

Gunnar Hansen Linnea Quigley Jay Richardson Michelle Bauer Dawn Wildsmith
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