Friday, July 15, 2016

#16 Barbara Shelley

Well, what more is there to say about Barbara Shelley? The classic Hammer honey and scream queen should be familiar to everyone who’s ever expressed a liking for classic horror. Glamorous, statuesque, classy, intelligent, and sexy to boot, she was a perfect fit for the Gothic maidens and villainesses of the golden era of “Hammer Glamour.”  She is often referred to as “The Queen of British Horror.”


Real Name:  Barbara Kowin

Embarrassing Real Birthplace:  Marylebone (actually, a fairly tony part of London)

Embarrassing Movies
  • Five Million Years to Earth
  • Village of the Damned 
  • The Secret of Blood Island
  • Blood of the Vampire

Embarrassing Taglines
  • To caress me is to tempt death!
  • What Demonic Force Lurks Behind Those Eyes?
  • No woman alive is safe from the most frightening fiend in the history of horror!
  • Force more powerful than 1,000 H-Bombs unleashed to devastate earth! World in panic! Cities in flames!
  • A Monster With the Power to Turn Living Screaming Flesh into Stone!


Embarrassing Characters
  • Amira
  • Sorasta
  • Queen Flavia 
  • Anthea Zellaby
  • Aisling Ainsworth

Interesting Tidbits
  • Was originally a model
  • First film work was in Italy 
  • Arguably her most famous scream (in Dracula) was actually dubbed by Susan Farmer
  • Now works as an interior decorator
  • Is a big sci fi fan

Where can I learn more?


Everyone knows vampires don't ride bikes


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