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From her days as the object of re-agent fuelled zombie lust
in Stuart Gordon’s RE-ANIMATOR, as well as provocative, playful turns in other
Gordon joints like FROM BEYOND and SPACE TRUCKERS, soap opera star and unapologetic
scream queen Barbara Crampton is still one of the most eye pleasing and pitch
perfect genre film personalities alive. But her blood spattered star fell quiet
the last decade (the reasons for which will be discussed in FANGORIA at a later
date) and that’s why it’s such a thrill to see her back on screen, cast in
director Rob Zombie’s latest designer horror film THE LORDS OF SALEM.
“I didn't audition for a part in LORDS,” says the gorgeous
“My agent suggested me to casting, and Rob offered me the
role. There had been a couple of times that I almost worked with him, but for
various reasons it didn't work out. This time, it all fell into place. It’s
really a small part in comparison to others. We have all been sworn to secrecy,
so I hesitate to say anything, except the part should be… memorable.”
The role comes hot on the heels of Crampton’s reclaiming her
position in horror, with the Toronto Film Festival premiere of Adam Wingard’s
much ballyhooed thriller YOU’RE NEXT. And although the days of shedding her
clothes for orally curious severed heads are most likely well behind her, she
is happy as hell to be back doing what she loves, pretending to be other people
in the name of dark entertainment.
“Well, it is really fun to be working again, I'll tell you.
There aren't many parts for woman my age and a lot of talented actresses out
there, many of them, dear friends of mine. I feel very lucky for these new
opportunities, especially in genre films, where my heart still lies…”
To read more about the Crampton renaissance, be sure to keep an eye on upcoming FANGORIAs for an in-depth career analysis.
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