ZANI Interviews Caroline Munro

The Horror/Sci-Fi Icon Talks About Hammer, Cushing, Lee, and Rob Zombie

June 18 2008 Categorized Under: Horror History No Commented
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There is an interview with Caroline Munro in the June edition of ZANI.

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You might remember Caroline Munro from Dracula A.D. 1972, Maniac, Captain Kronos – Vampire Hunter, and The Spy Who Loved Me.


ZANI: Do you think, by then, the whole Hammer Horror genre was coming to an end? … maybe there was a natural change in people’s taste.

Caroline Munro: Maybe the Hammer thing was coming to a natural end, but I wasn’t partially aware of it, as I had just signed a year’s contract with Hammer. Which did run for a year. I just think maybe Kronos didn’t have enough of the stuff that had made Hammer famous. You know, heaving bosoms and blood and guts

Caroline Munro: There are a few people I would like to work with now, in the genre that appeals to me, in which I could do something for and I would love to work with.

ZANI: I take it Russell T Davies is one.

Caroline Munro: Yes and the others are Quentin Tarantino, a big one I know. Tim Burton and Rob Zombie. Rob Zombie produces interesting work for me, and he uses old girls and boys.

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Caroline Munro: Lots people of think Peter (Cushing) just did horror, but he was a serious actor. Yes he was a serious actor, but very funny. I got the chance to work with him twice. Dracula 1972 AD and 2nd time At The Earth’s Core with Doug McClure. Where I got to have a lot of dialogue scenes with Peter. I got to know Peter well off the set. He was the sweetest and loveliest man you could hope to meet.

Christopher Lee is a big man, very handsome. I think when I did Dracula 1972 AD with him that was a big turning point in me, in realising that I wanted to be an actor. A lot of that was down to working with Christopher. I believed that I was Laura. I had never experienced anything like that in my life before. I was inspired by sprit of the young people there, like Christopher Neame, Stephanie Beacham, and Marsha Hunt.

Caroline Munro: I loved the Mod scene, I remember going with my friend Anne Hamilton on a top of the bus, to Brighton, to watch the Mods and the Rockers fight. We were very young, we had to stay on the bus because all the police were there. We weren’t meant to be there, as we were only 13, or 14. I remember watching the Mods fight, and thinking that’s very cool.

Read the whole interview here.

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