Saturday, March 31, 2012
Saturday Scream Queen: Caroline Munro
Born in 1949, British actress Caroline Munro grew up, quite literally, a Catholic school girl. However, she started modeling professionally at the age of 17 after winning the "Face of the Year" contest in The Evening News.
Muro's curvacious good looks quickly led to film roles, with fans of British 1970s horror films remembering her fondly as Dr. Phibes' deceased wife in "The Abominable Dr. Phibes" and "Dr. Phibes Rises Again"; as a Satanist hippy turned into vampire food in "Dracula 1972 A.D."; and as a feisty gypsy woman with a love of low-cut, tight blouses in "Captain Chronos - Vampire Hunter".
Muro was busiest during the 1970s, appearing in various states of undress in a variety of horror, action, and sci-fi films--with her supporting role in "The Spy Who Loved Me" perhaps being the pinnacle of her fame. During this time, she also had the distinction of being the only actress to ever having been held under contract by Hammer Films.
With the 1980s, Munro started to slip into obscurity, but she continued to appear in horror films, much to the delight of genre fans. During 1990s, she focused on her family and her two children, but by the early 2000s, she once again stepped before the camera on a regular basis. Three of her last four films have been horror movies--"Flesh for the Beast" (2003), "The Absence of Light" (2006) and the bizarre horror musical "Eldorado" (2012).