Shudder, the premium thriller, suspense, and horror video streaming service backed by AMC Networks, hosts the legendary actress Barbara Crampton as the guest curator of a new collection of films on Shudder.
Her collection comes just in time for Women in Horror Month. In celebration, Shudder has also created "A Woman's Touch," a collection of films honoring women horror directors, including Shudder Exclusives Dearest Sister, directed by Mattie Do, and Blind Sun, directed by Joyce A. Nashawati.
Barbara Crampton is celebrating Women in Horror Month by picking out a list of her favorite horror movies, including two of her collaborations with director Stuart Gordon, Re-Animator and Castle Freak, both of which are considered classics within the genre.
The iconic actress knew she wanted to act since the age of five. Crampton's start in acting came from a role in King Lear; since then, she's taken the horror scene by storm. Her passion for the industry stems from the first time she watched The Exorcist: "The first time I saw a horror movie was The Exorcist, and I was maybe fourteen or fifteen years old when it came out, I was terrified."
Crampton joins an esteemed group of guest curators for Shudder. Previous curators include comedian Kumail Nanjiani, musician and filmmaker Rob Zombie, and director Joe Dante, all of whose collections are available on Shudder.
The full collection curated by Barbara Crampton, now available exclusively on Shudder, is detailed below along with comments from Crampton:
The movie I'm most identified with, is actually the seminal work of both Jeffrey Combs and Stuart Gordon. This movie surprised critics with it's abundance of gory effects, huge laughs and exploitative nature.
Continuing Stuart's successful adaptations of HP Lovecraft, his aim was to make a dark and bleak film about a broken family. Yet the vision of the grotesque freak played by Jonathan Fuller with sad and mysterious intensity that has given people, no less than Kristen Stewart haunting nightmares.
Gleeful and robust tale of both misogyny and feminism, everyone in this movie floored me with their performances. Sean Bridges is a righteous villain you don't see coming and Pollyanna McIntosh is fearless as the captive "woman" who seeks escape and exacts revenge.
Tragic and relentless psychological tale of the capture of a man's life and soul. With tortuous scenes of mental cruelty and abundant gore, one scene stick out in my mind late in the film. When the character of Murata played by the fierce Denden incessantly berates his new accomplice Syamoto into doing something more horrific than he could possibly imagine, it's an ominous reminder of what a person is capable of, if pushed to the limit.
THE PERFECT HOST
Fun and light turn that suits David Hyde Pierce perfectly as the consummate host hiding a dark secret and alternative personality. I found this film to be both suspenseful and unexpectedly charming.
ABOUT BARBARA CRAMPTON
Long Island born and Vermont bred, Barbara Crampton is one of the most beloved actresses working in the horror genre today. Her early work in titles like RE-ANIMATOR and FROM BEYOND are fan favorites and have become cult classics. With new works such as You’re Next, We Are Still Here, Sun Choke, and Beyond The Gates, Barbara has rededicated herself to the genre and currently works as both an actress and producer.
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