We meet in Neuchâtel, Switzerland, just before a screening of s wondrously baroque and gruesome , the film for which she will go down in movie history, primarily for the scene in which the beautiful witch she plays is killed by having a metal mask with sharpened spikes squashed into her face.
In that same year, she was replaced by in the film after a disagreement with director.
Now that Corman is considered worthy of a documentary celebration, , Steele has found herself back in the limelight.
Steele was plucked from the wings to take her place and was promptly talent spotted by the Rank Organisation.
I ask her why she thinks horror film-makers are so drawn to her and she laughs.