From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
"The most fascinating actress ever to appear in horror films with regularity . ... Her beauty is mysterious and unique: her large eyes, high cheekbones, jet-black hair, thick bottom lip, and somewhat knobby chin don't seem synchronized, and as a result her face can be looked on as being either evil ... or sweet." --Danny Peary, Cult Movies.
Barbara Steele (born December 29, 1937 in Birkenhead) is an English actress.
She's best known as the scream queen of a string of 1960s Italian gothic horror movies including Black Sunday (1960), The Horrible Dr. Hichcock (1962), The Ghost (1963), and Roger Corman's "The Pit and the Pendulum" adaptation (1961).
French cult film magazine Midi-Minuit Fantastique no. 17 (1967) dedicated two articles by Jean-Claude Romer (a three-page filmography) and Michel Caen (a 27-page analysis) to Barbara Steele. The cover depicts Steele in the Italian film An Angel for Satan (1966).
Steele had supporting parts in Federico Fellini's 8½ (1963), and appeared on television in the 1991 miniseries Dark Shadows. Steele has appeared in several films in the 2010s, including a lead role in The Butterfly Room (2012) and supporting role in Ryan Gosling's Lost River (2014).
- Black Sunday (1960)
- The Pit and the Pendulum (1961)
- L'Orribile segreto del Dr. Hichcock (The Horrible Dr. Hichcock) (1962)
- 8½ (1963)
- Lo Spettro (The Ghost) (1963)
- Danza macabra (Castle of Blood) (1964)
- I Lunghi capelli della morte (The Long Hair of Death) (1964)
- Cinque tombe per un medium (1965)
- Nightmare Castle (1965)
- the She Beast (1966)
- Young Törless (Der Junge Törless) (1966)
- Caged Heat (1974)
- Shivers (1975)
- Pretty Baby (1978)
- Piranha (1978)
- Dark Shadows (TV series revival) (1991)
- Fellini Ungrateful Celebration (2005)