One of the highlights of NY Wintercon 2016 at Resorts World Casino in Queens last weekend were, in fact, the queens themselves — the scream queens, that is. The convention honored and celebrated the best in science fiction and fantasy and amongst the guests was the Queen of Horror and a legend in the business, Adrienne Barbeau. Barbeau has spent the better part of 40 years in TV and films and many of those years were spent in the horror and sci-fi genre in classics like The Fog, Escape From New York, Swamp Thing, and Creepshow. I caught up with her at her at the convention, where I was able to snag a short interview one with my favorite scream queens.
Geeks Of Doom: I actually just saw you a few weeks ago at the 2016 New York City Horror Film Festival when you received the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Adrienne Barbeau: Oh yes, that was fun.
Geeks Of Doom: What does it mean to you to be such a Scream Queen, and legendary woman in horror and to see all the fans at these conventions?
Adrienne Barbeau: Oh, it’s fantastic. And not something that was ever anticipated. You know when we were doing these things, they didn’t have DVDs if I remember correctly. It’s really the best.
Geeks Of Doom: You got to work with John Carpenter, of course, and Romero, Craven. What was it like to work with the cream of the crop of horror directors and what was unique about them?
Adrienne Barbeau: You know in many ways they were very much alike. They all knew exactly what they wanted and knew how to get it. I trusted all of them completely. They kept a great set. It was a joy to go to work. We lost Wes [Craven], but I’d work for John or George [Romero] anytime, anywhere.
Geeks Of Doom: Your favorite role of the one’s you’ve done?
Adrienne Barbeau: You know, it’s a really hard question to answer. One of my favorite roles was Ruthie on Carnivale for HBO. That’s not a picture though. I love Billy [Wilma in Creepshow], because she’s so outrageous and it was just so much fun. I love Maggie in Escape From New York because of her moral code, which we see when she picks up that gun, and I love Stevie Wayne [The Fog].
Geeks Of Doom: Ah Stevie Wayne, you’re voice can put me to sleep at night. I have to ask one more question. I just spoke to Vernon G. Wells and you’re both in Death House, you narrate it right?
Adrienne Barbeau: Yes.
Geeks Of Doom: For a horror fan, that is the end all be all right there, so what was it like doing that?
Adrienne Barbeau: Actually Harrison [Smith], the director and producer, he sent me the script asking me if I wanted to do one of the roles… [shakes her head], it’s too, too everything you want to see in a horror film, and that is too much for me! I just thought no, no I don’t want to do that. So I was really happy to just do the voice. What I’ve seen of it, it looks fantastic, I mean you can’t ask for a better cast.
Geeks Of Doom: I actually remember you saying at NYCHFF that you weren’t a big horror movie person, to the shock and surprise from the crowd.
Adrienne Barbeau: I’m not. But Harrison is producing and we have co-written the screenplay for my second vampire novel, Love Bites. The working title now is Vein and hopefully all the money will be in place pretty soon, so I will be doing that one!
Geeks Of Doom: Good, that’s great. Thank you so much for taking the time to speak with us.
I need to say that when you attend these conventions and actually get to meet some of the actors and stars, there is always the potential for disappointment. As fans we build up these people in our minds more as the characters they play than the people they really are. Adrienne Barbeau did not and does not disappoint. She is always smiling, constantly engaging, and is still working her heart out as an actress, author, and now screenwriter. It was such a pleasure to speak with her. Look forward to updates on Death House and Vein soon here at Geeks Of Doom.