Adrienne Barbeau: 'Swamp Thing' Scream Queen, Then And Now

By Terry Claypoole
Adrienne Barbeau in 'The Fog' (1980) and 'Swamp Thing' (1982). Source: IMDB

With a string of early-'80s movies like The Fog, Escape From New York, The Cannonball Run, Swamp Thing, and Creepshow, Adrienne Barbeau established herself as a tough, sexy dream girl of young male movie junkies, appearing in exactly the movies young men liked. Horror, suspense, comic books, screwball comedy -- Barbeau's films weren't going to get a Best Picture nod, but these are films fans loved. And in fact, fans still love these movies, and continue to flock to Barbeau, as her packed convention schedule demonstrates. Before she became the first lady of cult classics, Barbeau attracted attention as a supporting character on Maude, the Bea Arthur sitcom, and in the years since her heyday she has appeared on various successful TV shows. But it's those endlessly re-watchable early '80s movies that will forever be her claim to fame.

"It's wonderful at this point in my career to realize there are pieces of work that have sustained themselves all this time," she told TV Guide in 2010. "I'll run into people who say, 'We watch Swamp Thing once a month!'"