Scream Queen Profile: Barbara Crampton

Barbara CramptonBorn on December 27, 1958, scream queen Barbara Crampton is an American actress with a wide array of work to her name including big named projects such as Re-Animator, From Beyond, Castle Freak and the upcoming Rob Zombie film The Lords of Salem. Crampton’s full filmography is detailed below.

Crampton was born in Levittown, Long Island, New York. She was raised in Vermont and spent summers while growing up traveling the country with the carnival as her father was a carnie. She started acting in school plays when she was in seventh grade and went on to study acting in high school. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater Arts from Castleton State College in Vermont. After graduation, Barbara made a brief stop in New York, where she appeared as Cordelia in King Lear for the American Theater of Actors.

From New York, Crampton moved to Los Angeles where she went on to star in the cult horror features Re-Animator, From Beyond and Castle Freak. She also has feature roles in the films Puppet Master and Fraternity Vacation.

In December 1986, Crampton appeared in a nude pictoral in Playboy magazine titled “Simply Beastly. Behind every successful monster, there’s a woman.”

Barbara Crampton lives outside of San Francisco with her husband, Robert Bleckman, and their two children.

Films
Body Double (1984)
Fraternity Vacation (1985)
Re-Animator (1985)
Kidnapped (1986)
Chopping Mall (1986)
From Beyond (1986)
Puppet Master (1989)
Trancers II (1991)
Robot Wars (1993)
Castle Freak (1995)
Space Truckers (1996)
The Godson (1998)
Cold Harvest (1999)
Learning to Surf (2000)
Thy Neighbor’s Wife (2001)
The Sisterhood (2004)
Read You Like a Book (2006)
You’re Next (2011)
The Lords of Salem (2012)

TV
Love Thy Neighbor (1984)
Santa Barbara (1984)
Civil Wars (1993)
Guiding Light (1993-1995)
The Bold and the Beautiful (1995-1998)
Party of Five (1998)
Pacific Blue (1999)
Spyder Games (2001)
Lightning: Fire from the Sky (2001)
The Young and the Restless (1987-1993, 1998-2002; 2006; 2007)