Jill Schoelen

A more unconventional husky-voiced "scream queen" heroine of the 1980s was Jill Schoelen, daughter of well-known fashion designer Dorothy Schoelen. Born and raised in Burbank, she studied at the Acting for Life Theatre in Burbank and started off on TV as a teen in the Fame-influenced TV pilot called Best of Times (1981) (TV) starring the up-and-coming Nicolas Cage and Crispin Glover. She gained in experience with a number of innocuous films geared mostly toward the young, including D.C. Cab (1983), Thunder Alley (1985) and Hot Moves (1984). The dark-eyed, black-haired pretty with the trademark bangs wouldn't find her horror niche until hooking up with Wes Craven and his TV movie Chiller (1985) (TV). From there she scored big with the cult shocker The Stepfather (1987) wherein she played the resourceful stepdaughter terrorized by the lecherous, meek-appearing Terry O'Quinn as the title monster. The sleeper hit put Jill on the map with a seemingly solid future, continuing on with The Phantom of the Opera (1989), this time keeping company opposite Freddy Krueger inhabiter Robert Englund as her deranged pursuer. But a few bumps in the road with such lowgrade fodder as Curse II: The Bite (1989), Cutting Class (1989) and Popcorn (1991) put a permanent damper on her career, despite coming back with a bit of grit in the thriller TV movie When a Stranger Calls Back (1993) (TV). Her object-of-a-stalker days behind her after filming Not Again! (1996), she settled comfortably back ...

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Cutting Class (1989)

High school student Paula Carson's affections are being sought after by two of her classmates: Dwight, the "bad boy", and Brian, a disturbed young man who has just been released from a mental hospital where he was committed following the suspicious death of his ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rospo Pallenberg
CAST:  Donovan Leitch  •  Jill Schoelen  •  Brad Pitt  •  Roddy McDowall

High school student Paula Carson's affections are being sought after by two of her classmates: Dwight, the "bad boy", and Brian, a disturbed young man who has just been released from a mental hospital where he was committed following the suspicious death of his ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rospo Pallenberg
CAST:  Donovan Leitch  •  Jill Schoelen  •  Brad Pitt  •  Roddy McDowall

D.C. Cab (1983)

The tale of a hapless group of cabbies and a rundown cab company owned by Harold. Albert comes to town with a dream of starting his own cab company but needs to motivate Harold's employees to want to make something out of themselves. It is only when Albert is ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joel Schumacher
CAST:  Max Gail  •  Adam Baldwin  •  Mr. T  •  Gary Busey

The tale of a hapless group of cabbies and a rundown cab company owned by Harold. Albert comes to town with a dream of starting his own cab company but needs to motivate Harold's employees to want to make something out of themselves. It is only when Albert is ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joel Schumacher
CAST:  Max Gail  •  Adam Baldwin  •  Mr. T  •  Gary Busey

The Stepfather (1987)

A seemingly mild mannered man -- who has just murdered his entire family -- quickly adopts a new identity and leaves town. After building a new relationship with a widow and her teenage daughter, he struggles to hide his true identity and maintain a grip on reality.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joseph Ruben
CAST:  Terry O'Quinn  •  Jill Schoelen  •  Shelley Hack  •  Charles Lanyer

A seemingly mild mannered man -- who has just murdered his entire family -- quickly adopts a new identity and leaves town. After building a new relationship with a widow and her teenage daughter, he struggles to hide his true identity and maintain a grip on reality.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joseph Ruben
CAST:  Terry O'Quinn  •  Jill Schoelen  •  Shelley Hack  •  Charles Lanyer

When a Stranger Calls Back (1993)

Julia is babysitting two young kids while a doctor and his wife are out. During the evening, a stranger knocks on the door asking Julia if she can call the auto club so he can get a tow. The phone line is dead though. This is all part of the act as he has made his ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Fred Walton
CAST:  Carol Kane  •  Charles Durning  •  Jill Schoelen  •  Gene Lythgow

Julia is babysitting two young kids while a doctor and his wife are out. During the evening, a stranger knocks on the door asking Julia if she can call the auto club so he can get a tow. The phone line is dead though. This is all part of the act as he has made his ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Fred Walton
CAST:  Carol Kane  •  Charles Durning  •  Jill Schoelen  •  Gene Lythgow

That Was Then... This Is Now (1985)

A delinquent teenager's only link to society is the attachment he feels towards an older brother-figure. When the older boy starts spending time with a new girlfriend, the teenager begins to feel even more alienated, and gets involved with drugs and the police.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Christopher Cain
CAST:  Emilio Estevez  •  Craig Sheffer  •  Larry B. Scott  •  Jill Schoelen

A delinquent teenager's only link to society is the attachment he feels towards an older brother-figure. When the older boy starts spending time with a new girlfriend, the teenager begins to feel even more alienated, and gets involved with drugs and the police.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Christopher Cain
CAST:  Emilio Estevez  •  Craig Sheffer  •  Larry B. Scott  •  Jill Schoelen

The Phantom of the Opera (1989)

A darker version of the classic Gaston Leroux novel. A young soprano becomes the obsession of a horribly disfigured composer who has plans for those oppose himself or the young singer.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dwight H. Little
CAST:  Robert Englund  •  Jill Schoelen  •  Alex Hyde-White  •  Bill Nighy

A darker version of the classic Gaston Leroux novel. A young soprano becomes the obsession of a horribly disfigured composer who has plans for those oppose himself or the young singer.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dwight H. Little
CAST:  Robert Englund  •  Jill Schoelen  •  Alex Hyde-White  •  Bill Nighy

Rich Girl (1991)

A rich Beverly Hills girl gets a job as a waitress, and falls in love with a rock singer.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joel Bender
CAST:  Jill Schoelen  •  Don Michael Paul  •  Sean Kanan  •  Ron Karabatsos

A rich Beverly Hills girl gets a job as a waitress, and falls in love with a rock singer.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joel Bender
CAST:  Jill Schoelen  •  Don Michael Paul  •  Sean Kanan  •  Ron Karabatsos

Adventures in Spying (1992)

Two teens spot a notorious criminal who is supposed to be dead.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Hil Covington
CAST:  Bernie Coulson  •  Jill Schoelen  •  G. Gordon Liddy  •  Seymour Cassel

Two teens spot a notorious criminal who is supposed to be dead.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Hil Covington
CAST:  Bernie Coulson  •  Jill Schoelen  •  G. Gordon Liddy  •  Seymour Cassel

Thunder Alley (1985)

A group of friends start a rock band, but as they start their rise in the music world, they get mixed up with drugs.  (more)

DIRECTION:  J.S. Cardone
CAST:  Roger Wilson  •  Jill Schoelen  •  Scott McGinnis  •  Cindy Eilbacher

A group of friends start a rock band, but as they start their rise in the music world, they get mixed up with drugs.  (more)

DIRECTION:  J.S. Cardone
CAST:  Roger Wilson  •  Jill Schoelen  •  Scott McGinnis  •  Cindy Eilbacher

There Goes My Baby (1994)

It's the summer of 1965, and the members of the graduating class of upscale Westwood High are eager to reinvent themselves. Valedictorian Mary Beth wants to attend a liberal university. Surfer bum Stick plans to enlist to fight in Vietnam. Calvin lives in the poor ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Floyd Mutrux
CAST:  Dermot Mulroney  •  Ricky Schroder  •  Kelli Williams  •  Noah Wyle

It's the summer of 1965, and the members of the graduating class of upscale Westwood High are eager to reinvent themselves. Valedictorian Mary Beth wants to attend a liberal university. Surfer bum Stick plans to enlist to fight in Vietnam. Calvin lives in the poor ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Floyd Mutrux
CAST:  Dermot Mulroney  •  Ricky Schroder  •  Kelli Williams  •  Noah Wyle

State Of Mind (1992)

A couple falls into the clutches of a female psychopath.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Reginald Adamson
CAST:  Lisa Gaye  •  Manouk van der Meulen  •  Don Hannah  •  Paul Naschy

A couple falls into the clutches of a female psychopath.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Reginald Adamson
CAST:  Lisa Gaye  •  Manouk van der Meulen  •  Don Hannah  •  Paul Naschy

The Best of Times (1981)

This ABC pilot starred 7 teenagers in a 80's style Laugh-In. It told the light and dark side of teenage thoughts with dancing and singing added in for color.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Don Mischer
CAST:  Crispin Glover  •  Julie Piekarski  •  Jill Schoelen  •  Nicolas Cage

This ABC pilot starred 7 teenagers in a 80's style Laugh-In. It told the light and dark side of teenage thoughts with dancing and singing added in for color.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Don Mischer
CAST:  Crispin Glover  •  Julie Piekarski  •  Jill Schoelen  •  Nicolas Cage

Shattered Spirits (1986)

When his drinking problem takes control of his life, a father tries to leave the bottle behind while putting his and his family's lives back together.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Greenwald
CAST:  Martin Sheen  •  Melinda Dillon  •  Matthew Labyorteaux  •  Lukas Haas

When his drinking problem takes control of his life, a father tries to leave the bottle behind while putting his and his family's lives back together.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Greenwald
CAST:  Martin Sheen  •  Melinda Dillon  •  Matthew Labyorteaux  •  Lukas Haas

Popcorn (1991)

A horror film festival, held in a theater which was once the scene of a tragic fire, turns into a real life horror show.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mark Herrier
CAST:  Jill Schoelen  •  Dee Wallace  •  Kelly Jo Minter  •  Karen Witter

A horror film festival, held in a theater which was once the scene of a tragic fire, turns into a real life horror show.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mark Herrier
CAST:  Jill Schoelen  •  Dee Wallace  •  Kelly Jo Minter  •  Karen Witter

Chiller (1985)

A man who has been dead and cryogenically preserved for ten years is miraculously revived, but with chillingly unexpected results.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Wes Craven
CAST:  Beatrice Straight  •  Laura Johnson  •  Paul Sorvino  •  Michael Beck

A man who has been dead and cryogenically preserved for ten years is miraculously revived, but with chillingly unexpected results.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Wes Craven
CAST:  Beatrice Straight  •  Laura Johnson  •  Paul Sorvino  •  Michael Beck

Hot Moves (1984)

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Four friends, annoyed at how almost everyone else they know is having sex but them, agree to do what they can to help each other lose their virginity before the end of the summer. Most of their opportunities are foiled by their inexperience and bad planning. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jim Sotos
CAST:  Michael Zorek  •  Jill Schoelen  •  Adam Silbar  •  Deborah Richter

Four friends, annoyed at how almost everyone else they know is having sex but them, agree to do what they can to help each other lose their virginity before the end of the summer. Most of their opportunities are foiled by their inexperience and bad planning. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jim Sotos
CAST:  Michael Zorek  •  Jill Schoelen  •  Adam Silbar  •  Deborah Richter

Babes In Toyland (1986)

11-year-old Lisa has no time for toys; she's too busy taking care of her siblings and cooking for her mother. During the Christmas Eve blizzard, Lisa travels to Toyland in Wizard of Oz-like fashion and arrives just in time for a wedding. Young Mary Contrary is ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Clive Donner
CAST:  Drew Barrymore  •  Richard Mulligan  •  Eileen Brennan  •  Keanu Reeves

11-year-old Lisa has no time for toys; she's too busy taking care of her siblings and cooking for her mother. During the Christmas Eve blizzard, Lisa travels to Toyland in Wizard of Oz-like fashion and arrives just in time for a wedding. Young Mary Contrary is ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Clive Donner
CAST:  Drew Barrymore  •  Richard Mulligan  •  Eileen Brennan  •  Keanu Reeves

Great Day (1983)

A comedy film directed by Michael Preece.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Preece
CAST:  Mason Adams  •  Tim Conway  •  Joanna Gleason  •  Gordon Jump

A comedy film directed by Michael Preece.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Preece
CAST:  Mason Adams  •  Tim Conway  •  Joanna Gleason  •  Gordon Jump

A Taboo Identity (2017)

Sociologist David W. Wahl explores the identity work involved in Kay Parker shifting from being a legend of the adult film industry to her current occupation as a metaphysical counselor.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Craig Muckler  •  Michael Hanson
CAST:  Kay Parker  •  David W. Wahl  •  Jill Schoelen  •  Seka

Sociologist David W. Wahl explores the identity work involved in Kay Parker shifting from being a legend of the adult film industry to her current occupation as a metaphysical counselor.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Craig Muckler  •  Michael Hanson
CAST:  Kay Parker  •  David W. Wahl  •  Jill Schoelen  •  Seka

Curse II: The Bite (1989)

After a young man is bitten on the hand by a radioactive snake, his hand changes into a lethal snake head, which attacks everyone he comes into contact with. Also, his body becomes filled with snakes. Now, he must prevent himself from hurting others.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Frederico Prosperi
CAST:  Jill Schoelen  •  J. Eddie Peck  •  Jamie Farr  •  Savina Geršak

After a young man is bitten on the hand by a radioactive snake, his hand changes into a lethal snake head, which attacks everyone he comes into contact with. Also, his body becomes filled with snakes. Now, he must prevent himself from hurting others.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Frederico Prosperi
CAST:  Jill Schoelen  •  J. Eddie Peck  •  Jamie Farr  •  Savina Geršak
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