Scream queen Barbara Crampton in Re-Animator

Barbara Crampton and a handful of others seemed to be there, acting terrified, in just about every horror B-movie of the 80s and early 90s.

Crampton looked very much like my first wife at comparable ages, so I am always moved when I see her. (I have the same reaction to Suzannah York, who also bore a strong resemblance.)

I’d say that Linnea Quigley was the queen of the scream queens, or at least the most prolific and the most daring, but Crampton, Heather Langenkamp, Brinke Stevens and Michelle Bauer were right behind her. Jamie Lee Curtis was probably at the top of the list if one restricts the competition to theatrical releases or, more exclusively, to box office successes. Here’s how somebody else ranks them.

Except for Jamie Lee, none of the ones I mentioned ever became household names, but they are all beloved by an adoring fan base and have always received a rock star reception when they attend conventions.

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