Release dateMarch 1988 (1988-03) WriterFred Olen Ray (screenplay), T.L. Lankford (screenplay) ScreenplayGunnar Hansen, T.L. Lankford CastGunnar Hansen (The Stranger), Linnea Quigley (Samantha), Jay Richardson (Jack Chandler), Michelle Bauer (Mercedes), Dawn Wildsmith (Lori), Esther Elise (Lisa) Similar moviesMad Max: Fury Road, Halloween, Knock Knock, Jamon Jamon, A Serbian Film, I Spit on Your Grave III: Vengeance is Mine
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Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers is a 1988 American comedy horror B-movie directed by Fred Olen Ray, and starring Gunnar Hansen, Linnea Quigley, Jay Richardson and Michelle Bauer.
When private detective Jack Chandler (Richardson) tries to track down a teenage runaway (Linnea Quigley), he runs into a cult of Egyptian chainsaw-worshipping prostitutes led by "The Master" (Gunnar Hansen).
Linnea Quigley as Samantha
Gunnar Hansen as The Stranger
Jay Richardson as Jack Chandler
Dawn Wildsmith as Lori
Michelle Bauer as Mercedes
Esther Elise as Lisa
Tricia Burns as Ilsa
Fox Harris as Hermie
Jimmy Williams as Bo
Dukey Flyswatter as Jake The Bartender
Dennis Mooney as Mick Harris
At the time, the UK video release was not allowed to have the word Chainsaw in the title, so the film was released simply as "Hollywood Hookers".
The film begins with the disclaimer "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." The film ends with the promise of the sequel Student Chainsaw Nurses, which was never made.
Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers received mixed reviews from critics and audiences, earning a Rotten Tomatoes Want-To-See score of 33%.
"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."
"What do you do, pray to Black and Decker?!"
"I was cleaning the chainsaw and it just started up!"
Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers has been released on VHS, DVD and Blu-ray format.
In the United States, the film was released in a '20th Anniversary Widescreen Edition' DVD on August 5, 2008. It was made available on Blu-ray in two individual editions on January 9, 2015, with a standard edition and a signed 'Special Limited Edition' of 1000 copies.
In the United Kingdom, the film was released on DVD on July 10, 2000. 88 Films has released the film on Blu-ray on March 23, 2015 as part of the 'Slasher Classics Collection'. It is placed at #6 in the collection and like the other released in the collection it contains a reversible sleeve.