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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

The Case for Quigley - Why You Should Consider Helping Linnea Quigley's Fundraising Campaign


Crowdfunding. Fundraising. Man, did that take off fast. Who knew that a bunch of starving artists could catalyze the spare change of the horror community so quickly with just a few clicks of on a website? I won’t endorse every project out there, but I’ll share the link to your campaign if you ask me nicely, and if I think the project looks cool (here’s where my inbox maxes out with requests to share all your projects). I may not always respond, but I see everything you cool cats send to me. I love to know what you’re up to, and I truly appreciate that you think I can help out. I like to help out. I think it’s part of a bigger issue actually. 

When you’re part of a community you help each other. I like to think there’s an unwritten Constitution for the horror community that somehow states that we are responsible for the social welfare of our community. We clean up shit. We try to make things right. We support folks in need, and we certainly take care of each other. We’re not perfect, so we fail from time to time, but we try. We friggin’ try hard. We make projects happen, fund horror related groups that take care of people in need, or down on their luck. We help to finance movie projects that create careers for artists who deserve to create movies and products rather than toil away unfulfilled. This is the good that we can all do for each other in the horror community. We can support each other, if not financially than by spreading the campaigns of others. You don’t have to support every campaign or donate to every campaign or even care about every campaign. Pick yours. Make a difference. Help people. Make Friends, and maybe in some kind of honest to goodness pay it forward way, this will come back to you. We are part of a community. That’s what we do.

There’s an editorial piece out now that refers to the current funding project involving our beloved Scream Queen, Linnea Quigley. I disagree with the tone and content of that opinion, and since the internet works both ways (just don’t cross the streams), I’m going to give you a piece of my mind to feast upon (thanks Dickens). You can read the original post here. First and foremost let me say that I respect the author and his right to have an opinion, but I think the other side of this story should get equal time. There are plenty of fraudulent causes out there to denounce and real life criminals to stop. Perhaps it would be best to focus derision on them.
 
Before we go farther here's the link to the GoFundMe campaign:

HELP OUT A SCREAM QUEEN

Here’s the skinny. She’s trying to save her family home which is in desperate need of repair. In the last few years, Quigley has been taking care of her parents and had to put her career on hold. Well her parents have since passed and the house is in much need of repair. She’s back to work now, but needs our help to get the house fixed sooner rather than later due to the presence of black mold caused by an unrepaired roof. If you’re a homeowner you know what this kind of shit costs and how devastating it can be. Black mold… is toxic for living creatures. I fear black mold more than I fear any horror movie (except for Kingdom of the Spiders). So Linnea took to the web and started a GoFundMe campaign to raise the money to get the job done. She’s asking for $18,000 which sounds about right for the kind of repairs she’ll need to make including remediation. What can it hurt right? 

Well, though Linnea Quigley has worked for years as an actress, she’s taken time off her career to do something that was admirable. You have to imagine the checks for Return of the Living Dead and Night of the Demons may not necessarily have stretched some thirty years. I’d like to believe that she lives a lavish life where men in strange Chippendale outfits serve her grapes or some strange Playgirl based fantasy, but the truth is that the entertainment industry has pitfalls. Money isn’t always as plentiful as we would like to think, and when you’re not working, you are not necessarily collecting a check. What you might imagine an actress makes per movie or appearance may not go as far as you’d think. When combined with ailing family, house repairs and just normal every day life, the money runs out. It runs out for those who are prepared for it even. People who save their entire lives run out of money or need a little help when bad things happen. And what do we do. We help them. That’s what we can do. So if Linnea Quigley’s story resonates with you, you can try to help and give a little. Not everything. Just what you can because that’s what people in the horror community do. We don’t let our heroes fall. 

Remember when Karen Black needed money because she got very sick? Same basic concept. Sure, Linnea Quigley isn’t dying of a disease, but if it helps you to understand the financial situation of those who work in the entertainment industry, the comparison is valid. The money runs out. Even stars that were in Oscar winning or nominated movies can slowly loose their former glory. Stars that worked for years can need financial assistance. Again, that’s the business. It isn’t always fair. Remember Bela Lugosi? Even if you’re too young to remember reading about him growing older and losing everything slowly and falling into the dreadful pit of addiction once the work dried up have surely seen Tim Burton’s Ed Wood. No one deserves that. We can help. Let’s help. That’s community. 

How many times did you watch Return of the Living Dead? Silent Night Deadly Night? Did you ever benefit from watching them? Night of the Demons? And those are just her well known movies. Quigley’s movies have all had a pretty strong impact on me, as a horror fan, becoming a “man” and even in better understanding how the horror entertainment industry works. She’s a mentor and iconic. A living legend. 

In case you’re wondering I did donate to her. I'm only telling because I’m sure that people will ask. It’s equally important to share her campaign as it is to donate, so if you don’t have the means, simply share this thing. Linnea has meant a lot to me over the years, and I’d help out any way that I can. 

You’re not on your own, Linnea. We got your back.

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