Re-Animating Shocktober Day #6 With Barbara Crampton!
If you grew up in the impressionable 80’s then you know this legendary Cult Movie Queen – who gets re-animated at the chopping mall!
Crampton has had a great career with a number of terrific TV shows and films, but now’s not the time to discuss them…
Because it’s “Shocktober 2019”, and that means, on day #6, we are going to celebrate three of her classic 80’s horror films!
Barbara Gets “Re-Animated!”
The cult movie Queen’s first horror gem is one of my favorites.
She collaborated with Director Stuart Gordon on the 1985 film “Re-Animator” – a classic slice of 80’s comic horror.
Here is the trailer:
“Re-Animator” was loosely based on a 1922 H. P. Lovecraft serial novelette “Herbert West–Reanimator”.
Jeffrey Combs stars as Herbert West, a medical student who can re-animate dead bodies.
As you saw in the trailer, it doesn’t go well, so he comes up with another plan, this one involving a VERY NAKED Barbara!
Crampton does a terrific job in the film, with great comic timing, and you can see the camera LOVES HER, and she bravely gives her all in this role…
Barbara Goes “Beyond!”
The entire team behind “Re-Animator” reunited a year later for “From Beyond” – and Barbara got a chance to have some fun in a wide variety of kinky outfits!
Here’s what Barbara had to say once about working in the horror genre:
“What you don’t see often enough in horror films are smart and capable women. A lot of horror movies appeal to men and they’re written by men, so it’s kind of what men want to see. They’re written from the male point of view. I think in life we have this issue and in films we have the issue where the women are not as often in control. Men are more in control and art imitates life, so we see that more and more in the movies. It’s probably representative of where women are right now and where they’re going.”
I love that she made her characters empowered – no matter how goofy the films were!
Her willingness to bare all continued in the terrific horror film
“Chopping Mall” – here is the trailer…
What a great idea: “Robocops” who will patrol the mall at night – but of course, it all goes very, very wrong…
The Actress went on to do “Puppetmaster” and “Castle Freak” among other films, then retired to raise a family.
Crampton returned to film in 2011 with a role in Adam Wingard’s 2011 classic “You’re Next”.
Bravo to Barbara for an incredible career!
Crampton is just one of the 31 Cult Horror Queens being profiled this month:
Edwige Fenech was in a number of terrific Italian shockers form the 70’s – click here to see them:
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