Was Drew Barrymore’s SCREAM Look Inspired by Barbara Crampton?


The folks at the UK horror mag What Monster took to Twitter this morning with an observation that has horror fans doing a double-take. Did anyone else ever make this connection?

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From the hairstyle to the ribbed white sweater, Drew Barrymore’s Casey from Scream (1996) is a spot-on double from Barbara Crampton’s Megan Halsey from Re-Animator (1985). The resemblance seems too striking to be a coincidence, leading us to believe the similarity is an intentional homage.

Wes Craven directed Scream from a screenplay penned by Kevin Williamson. Casey’s death in the film’s opening sequence was a shocker, upending established conventions and setting the stage for the meta-horror revolution that followed. It seems likely that, in a film that references so many other horror classics, Craven would have included this shout-out to Re-Animator.

Stuart Gordon directed Re-Animator, which is based on the short story “Herbert West, Re-Animator” by H.P. Lovecraft. In addition to Crampton, the film stars Jeffery Combs and Bruce Abbott. If it’s been a while, or if you’ve yet to experience this 1980s-era classic for yourself, check out the trailer and synopsis below.

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After an odd new medical student arrives on campus, a dedicated local and his girlfriend become involved in bizarre experiments centering around the re-animation of dead tissue.

Stuart Gordon’s Re-Animator-Courtesy of Empire Pictures

So what do you guys think? Do you agree that the similarities between Barbara Crampton in Re-Animator and Drew Barrymore in Scream must have been intentional? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! You can also carry on the convo with me personally on Twitter @josh_millican. Dread Central is now on Google News!



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