Earlier this week I had the pleasure of speaking with the radiant Caroline Munro, star of such genre films as The Golden Voyage of Sinbad, The Spy Who Loved Me and of course the horror favorites Maniac and Captain Kronos – Vampire Hunter. The latter is my favorite of all the Hammer movies, and Munro's gypsy girl Carla is my favorite of the Hammer heroines; so needless to say I was thrilled to hear from Munro herself that Kronos is finally coming to Blu-ray in the UK. (If a US release doesn't soon follow – and God knows the film deserves one – this will be the title for which I'll finally break down and buy a region-free player.) Find out what Munro had to say about this Blu-ray release, as well as her thoughts on the upcoming remake of William Lustig's Maniac, after the jump.
Munro remarked that she did the audio commentary for the Captain Kronos Blu-ray "about six weeks ago."
"Myself; [writer-director] Brian Clemens; Shane Briant, who played Lady Durward's son; John Carson, who played Dr. Marcus; and Ian Wilson, the cinematographer – we were all there and talking as we watched the film. All of us hadn't seen the film in some time, so it came as a delight to see it again. And to see it through fresh eyes. I think it still holds up today."
"I actually didn't see [the new transfer], because they didn't have it at that time. We were working to an old print. I'd be fascinated to see it, because I bet it's rather good. I suppose it'll be out in the New Year, maybe spring time or something. Arrow Films is doing it, and it's in conjunction with the new Hammer."
Regarding the Maniac remake, Munro said, "It's Elijah Wood. I love him as an actor. He's so different from Joe [Spinell]. I mean it's like chalk and cheese. It'll be interesting to see if they've followed it. Ours was loosely based on the Son of Sam. I look forward to seeing that. I wonder if they'll pay any nods to Joe…"
As for her next on-screen appearance, Munro says fans can soon look forward to seeing her in an altogether different genre: the spaghetti western.
"I think in March, in Spain, they're doing a spaghetti western. They're trying to revamp the spaghetti western using some of the people that have worked in westerns. I did a little bit in a western with Richard Widmark, one of my first films was with him. I've been asked to do a cameo role in that, so I've got that coming out. There's one or two irons in the fire, as they say. [Laughs.] I'm keeping busy. Filming is still my passion, it still remains my number one, after my daughters and my family of course. But insofar as work, I love working in films, love it."
Always a favorite at conventions, Munro will next appear in the U.S. April 13 through 15, 2012 at Burbank's Monsterpalooza convention; her first time at the popular horror con. Check Caroline Munro's website, which is updated regularly, for news on her other upcoming appearances.