Friday, October 7, 2011
Lamb To The Slaughter : The Scream Queen Career Of Caroline Munro
My latest movie from Lovefilm was Slaughter High, aka April fool's day, a newly remastered dvd from Arrow video and one of the few 80's slasher movies I hadn't seen. Normally I have a lot of time for the genre but this one left me completely cold. I absolutely hated it with a passion, partly due to the film's moronic nature but after all this is a staple of the slasher movie, so it wasn't just this. It was more the general feeling of ineptitude I think, or maybe I just wasn't in the right mood for it, but it could just be down to the fact that bloke from Emmerdale was in it! Any which way I'm unlikely to ever give it another chance.
I don't like to waste time writing about things I hate, so I'll just add the only reason to continue with the film was the presence of Caroline Munro. What Arrow's dvd does have in it's favour is an extra called Lamb to the slaughter : The scream queen career of Caroline Munro, a 26 minute retrospective of Caroline's career in horror films. I'm of an age where Caroline was one of the first crushes I ever had, thanks to her 70's movies, and I'm sure I'm not the only one for who that is true.
While hardly in depth, this interview with Caroline is an easy and fairly informative watch covering her early appearances in the Dr. Phibes movies and her Hammer films Dracula A.D.1972 and Captain Kronos, before moving on through the rest of her career. Highlights include recollections on her work with Joe Spinell on Starcrash, Maniac and The Last horror film, and her one film with Jess Franco, Faceless.
My issue with the interview is there is too much padding with poor quality clips from various films discussed in the chat. Unfortunately but not unexpectedly given the fact it's on the film's dvd, Slaughter High is given more time than it is worth. Caroline is charming and quite frank while still being very polite during the interview. She's still a beautiful woman, this is a must see for her legion of adoring fans.
The dvd also features a commentary on the movie with Caroline involved, but I couldn't bring myself to sit through the film again in order to listen to it! I'm sure fans of the film would get a real kick out of it though.