Adrienne Barbeau: '80s Scream Queen Revisited


In the early '80s, Adrienne Barbeau jumped from the Broadway stage (she played Rizzo in Grease) and sitcom world (she was a regular on TV's Maude in the '70s) into the deep end of the horror and fantasy genre, filming such titles as The Fog, Swamp Thing, Creepshow and Escape From New York, earning her the distinguished title of Scream Queen.

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Now, two of her classic flicks are back on Blu-ray courtesy of Scream FactoryThe Fog and Swamp Thing -- and we caught up with the timeless beauty to reminisce about her days working with her director/husband John Carpenter and fellow Scream Queen Jamie Lee Curtis, to find out which film was the most challenging to make -- and to reveal which of her own films is her favorite!

"I have a great affection for all of the ones that came out of the '80s that have managed to survive this long and are even seeing a resurgence," she tells ETonline. "Swamp Thing was the hardest to film, and so I have more mixed feelings about that one, but I was so glad to see that it became such a huge success."

Given her horror pedigree, you'd think that she's a big fan of the genre, but you may be surprised by her answer: "Not at all," she says with a laugh. "I've probably seen five horror films in my life. I don't like to be scared. I love action-adventure, and I love playing heroines, but you're not going to get me in the theater if it's a scary movie."

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The Fog, directed by John Carpenter, is out now on Blu-ray, while Swamp Thing, directed by Wes Craven, hits Blu-ray on Tuesday. Both include loads of special features, including deleted scenes, outtakes, and brand-new interviews with the cast (including Adrienne) about making the films.