Horror star is no stranger to supporters of the Classic Horror Campaign but has made few movie and television appearances over the last few years. However, early next year (January 2nd to be precise!) the sexy Hammer Horror star makes a special appearance in top rated ITV1 detective series Midsomer Murders. The episode is titled Death and the Divas and Caroline plays an evil priestess in a series of flashback sequences based on the gothic Hammer films of the sixties and seventies.
DEATH AND THE DIVAS
The murder of a journalist has chilling echoes of a 1960s horror film starring Midsomer’s own Stella Harris. When Stella’s more famous sister returns after a 40-year family rift, the killings escalate, each reminiscent of a movie plot. Is life – and death – imitating art?
Caroline Munro enjoyed reliving her time as a star of Hammer Horror films in MIDSOMER MURDERS.
“I have watched the show for years and years and I love Neil Dudgeon as the new Barnaby so to be asked to do a little bit was a great honour. I flew in from the States the day before we started.
“I play an evil priestess complete with false eyelashes which I hadn’t worn since the 60s and I felt particularly evil in my scene, which is a flashback sequence of a typical Hammer Horror film.”
The role of the Evil Priestess in MIDSOMER MURDERS reunited her with fellow Hammer Studios star John Carson.
“I had worked with John in 1972 on Captain Kronos – Vampire Hunter. He is a great man and it was lovely to see him again as the Dracula figure in our flashback sequences. I’ve also been in films with Vincent Price, Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee and feel really blessed to have worked with such icons in the horror genre.
“I started as an extra on the original Casino Royale and would love watching all the actors and the crew. One of my first jobs was A Talent for Loving with Richard Widmark playing my father and Cesar Romero and Topol were in the film too. I was very young but I have some amazing memories.”
Caroline still gets recognised. “It’s either for the Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me or The Golden Voyage of Sinbad. It was such a privilege to do a small bit on the Bond films, as it’s such a legacy and Cubby Broccoli had built a real family feel within the crew – a bit like Midsomer Murders.
“I also get recognised for the Lamb’s Navy Rum adverts which ran for 12 years and I went all over the world to wonderful locations with fantastic photographers. I still travel a lot to big conventions, which I love doing and I think it’s a way of giving something back.”
Caroline’s other credits include At the Earth’s Core, The New Avengers, Starcrash, Slaughter High, Maniac and the forthcoming Crying Wolf.
What have classic horror film Night of the Demon, iconic British film company Hammer Films and a terrifying murderous mermaid all have in common? Multi-talented singer songwriter Kate Bush, that’s what! Over the years Kate has worn her classic horror influences on her sleeve many times and today we thought we’d share some of her most interesting and chilling musical moments. Elements of the film Night of the Demon (1957) have inspired Kate Bush in the writing of her songs Hounds of Love and The Red Shoes as well as her short film The Line, The Cross and the Curve.
One of her earliest singles Hammer Horror was a homage to (what else?) Britain’s iconic Hammer Films studio and her 1986 single Experiment IV featured bizarre scientific experiments, some terrifying visual effects and a ghostly mermaid creature that can kill with the sound of her voice…