Meet Hammer Horror Queen Veronica Carlson!
I’m continuing my journey through the great cult films of the 70’s, and the classic cult Actresses who starred them…that led me to Hammer Horror Queen Veronica Carlson!
Carlson grew up in Germany where her Dad was stationed, and appeared in minor plays and TV shows.
James Carreras, the boss of Hammer Films, saw one of her photographs in a newspaper and offered her a role opposite Christopher Lee in the terrific 1968 Hammer horror film “Dracula Has Risen from the Grave!”
This was the golden era for Hammer – a more “adult” approach to the classic gothic horror legends – with great stars, lots of action, and more blood and nudity than ever before!
Even this poster has a cheekiness to it, and obviously Carlson is featured prominently in the poster as well!
There was a confidence in the advertising and promotion of the films that made them more anticipated than ever.
Check out the classic trailer:
The film was a huge success, and Carlson was mesmerizing on screen.
She went on to star in another Hammer horror gem the next year:
“Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed” was another gothic gem…here is the trailer:
“Slaymate Of The Month!”
Yes, apparently the was a thing! I found this publicity still, which shows how they were publicizing Carlson at this time.
Here are some more shots from this provocative photo shoot:
As you can see, the camera loves her.
The following year, Carlson was in another Hammer horror classic called “The Horror of Frankenstein”.
Check out the trailer:
Carlson appeared “Old Dracula” from 1974, which was also released as “Vampira”:
In 1975, Veronica appeared in the horror film “The Ghoul”:
“The Ghoul” was her last film for almost twenty years.
Carlson went into semi-retirement after marrying and moving to the United States. She now lives in South Carolina with her husband and three children and is a professional painter.
Carlson came out of retirement to star in the 2019 film “House of the Gorgon” alongside fellow Hammer film star Caroline Munro!
Bravo to Veronica for a terrific career – and we all know how much I love Caroline Munro as well:
She did hammer horror and 007 as well! Click here to see my story about all of her terrific films:
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