Megan Halsey in Re-Animator
Barbara Crampton still rocks the same blonde bob she did in 1985, when she played uni student Megan halsey in horror-comedy hit Re-Animator. Although she’s perhaps still best known for that role, Crampton has also featured in cult horror films like
From Beyond and Castle Freak, while recent films include Beyond The
Gates, You’re Next and Dead Night (which is released in the UK later this month). “It is surprising to still be making horror movies today,” she tells Red Alert, “but some of the best female roles are still in this genre, so who can complain?” What’s the strangest request you’ve had from a fan?
People ask me to scream. Once I was having lunch at a restaurant and someone recognised me and he says, “I’m a big fan – could you please just scream for me?” I had to politely refuse, of course. Would you like to play Megan again?
I suppose I would do a new sequel if they asked me back but it is 35 years later now. I might have become a zombie but how do they explain that? Did you get to keep any souvenirs from the set?
I kept my black leather bondage outfit from From Beyond, but who else was going to wear that than me, right? [Laughs] But Re-Animator? I had a lab jacket from that movie but I honestly don’t know what happened to it. I might have just put it out in a yard sale! What would it say on Megan’s tombstone? “She should have quit while she was ahead.” CW