All February, I will be saluting those of the fairer sex who have contributed to this dark genre during their careers. I will begin with actress Adrienne Barbeau.
I had an early affection for Ms. Barbeau as she starred in many of the horror films I devoured as a child, including The Fog, Swamp Thing and Creepshow. She has a very strong presence, which is likely why she rarely played a victim, even when circumstances seemed like she could have.
Barbeau as Maggie in 1980's Escape From New York (left) & as Christine in 2000's The Convent.
She has had a long and stable career, also working regularly in televison with appearances on shows such as Dexter, CSI:NY and was a regular on one of my favourite shows of all time, Carnivàle. Recently, she has also branched out into video game voice over work, lending her distinctive voice to Batman: Arkham Asylum and God of War III. Although, I guess this would be a callback of sorts, after her stint voicing Kurt Russell's “cheatin' bitch” chess program in John Carpenter's The Thing. I wonder if she's the first actor to ever voice a video game?
After eight years attending the Festival of Fear, I've gotten to see several genre figures up close & personal, and fortunately in 2007, Barbeau was among them. She was absolutely lovely and humbled that people enjoy her work. She even gave a shout-out to Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death during her Q&A! Ah-mazing.
In 2006, she released her memoir entitled “There Are Worse Things I Could Do.” Here's to you, Ms. Barbeau!