Written by: Michael Den Boer on May 18th, 2015
BluRay released: March 23rd, 2015
Approximate running times: 75 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive / MPEG-4 AVC
Rating: 18 (UK)
Sound: DTS-HD 5.1 Engllish, LPCM Stereo English
BluRay Release: 88 Films
Region Coding: Region B
Retail Price: £14.99
Content wise, this film is a horror / comedy hybrid that verges into satire territory. The premise is simple a Noir like detective story. And the narrative has crystal clear direction of where everything is all leading too. Also this film finds that rare balance between carnage driven moments and humorous one liners that if far too often lacking in other horror / comedy hybrids.
In other areas of this film’s production the visuals are another one of this film’s strength as they give this film a much more polished look that far exceeds its anemic budget. Also pacing is never an issues as things move along briskly.
And when it comes to the death sequences there is an ample amount of gore as the blood flows with ease and body parts start to fly. Another reason why said death sequences work so well is that they are all done with the utmost enthusiasm. With this film’s standout kill moment being also the first death scene in the film. In this particular scene one of the chainsaw welding hookers named Mercedes lures her victim back to her place. Once there she dances for moment and then she gets ready for the dismemberment by putting on a shower cap and putting a plastic cover over a portrait of Elvis. Another standout moment visually in this film is when Samantha, the runaway that the private eye is looking for performs the ‘Virgin Dance of the Double Chainsaws’.
Perhaps the most surprising asset this film has it is cast who are great in their respective roles. With its two leading ladies Linnea Quigley (The Return of the Living Dead, Night of the Demons) in the role of Samantha and Michelle Bauer (Café Flesh, Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama) in the role of Mercedes. Besides both actress have more than ample psychical attributes, they both bring a tremendous amount of energy to their respective roles. Other performances of note is Jay Richardson in the role of the private detective and Gunnar Hansen (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre) in the role of the leader of sect that worships chainsaws.
Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers comes on a 50 GB dual layer BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive widescreen. The 2k transfer used for this release is on par with the transfer that was used for Retromedia’s region A Blu-Ray release for the film. Black levels and shadow detail remain strong throughout, colors look vibrant, flesh tones look accurate and details look. Also though there are some very mild issues related to compression artifacts, these moments are few and never intrusive.
This release comes with two audio options, a DTS-HD 5.1 mix in English and a LPCM stereo mix in English. Both audio mixes sounds great. The audio sounds clean, clear, balanced and robust when it needs too. The differences between these two audio mixes is minimal, with the 5.1 remix sounding slightly more robust.
Extras for this release include, a trailer for the film (2 minutes 31 seconds), a segment from a the early days of Retromedia titled ‘Night Owl Theater’ (5 minutes 8 seconds), Linnea Quigley’s Horror Workout Video (60 minutes 9 seconds) with an optional audio commentary track with Linnea Quigley and director Kenneth Hall, a vintage ‘Making of’ featurette (23 minutes 13 seconds) with comments from director Fred Olen Ray, actresses Linnea Quigley and Michelle Bauer, a brand new featurette titled ‘Remembering Chainsaw Hookers 27 Years Later’ (21 minutes 32 seconds) which includes comments from actor Jay Richardson, Michelle Bauer, Fred Olen Ray and David Decotea and two audio commentaries, the first audio commentary with filmmakers Fred Olen Ray and David DeCoteau and the second audio commentary with genre film experts Calum Waddell and Justin Kerswell.
Topics discussed in the vintage ‘Making of’ featurette the origins of the film, how he used the equipment from a movie that he was working on during the week so they could shoot Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers on the weekend, cast members talk about working with the chainsaws and the difficulty shooting one particular scene involving two chainsaws and a mummy case, director and cast reminisce about their favorite scenes, their thoughts on the film and its legacy.
‘Remembering Chainsaw Hookers 27 Years Later’ is well rounded discussion about the film. There is a lot carry over in this extra of topics that are discussed in other extras included with this release. With the main reason for checking this extra out is that it is the only extra for feature any comments from actor Jay Richardson.
Topics discussed in the audio commentary with Olen Ray and DeCoteau include, Linnea Quigley and Michelle Bauer, Scream Queens, special effects and working with chainsaws, how they cheaply acquired the film stock used to shoot this film, the cast, how the second unit shots for this film were achieved and their thoughts on the film.
Topics discussed in the audio commentary with Calum Waddell and Justin Kerswell, censorship the film faced in the UK, the film’s distribution history USA and UK, the cast and what they have been up to since making this film and their thoughts on the film.
Rounding out the extras is a reversible cover art option, a four page booklet with an interview with actor Gunner Hanson and a trailer gallery for other titles also available from 88 Films. Overall Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers gets an exceptional release from 88 Films.