Our final day at Monsterpalooza consisted of two interviews for Monsters, Martians and Mad Scientists: Horror in the Atomic Age. We also secured commitments for two more interviews to be filmed at a later date. Not bad for a Sunday!
First up was Hammer Films actress Caroline Munro. Ms. Munro was the only actor ever to be signed to a long-term contract with Hammer Films. She also appeared in The Spy Who Loved Me in which she had the distinction of being the first woman ever killed by James Bond.
Producer Mark Gilman and Ms. Munro discussed the transformation of horror films from the giant insects and Martians of the Atomic Age to the blood and eroticism of the gothic Hammer Horror films. It was a great privilege to add her unique perspective to the documentary.
Next up was our interview with Julie Adams, star of the Universal monster classic Creature From the Black Lagoon. Needless to say, we felt that Ms. Adams’ participation was crucial to Monsters, Martians and Mad Scientists. Not only is the Creature the last great Universal monster, but the film is quintessential Atomic Age cinema.
I asked Ms. Adams about what sets the Creature apart from other movie monsters, the film’s environmentalist message (including that great scene in which Kay flicks her cigarette butt into the lagoon), what it was like working with Jack Arnold, and more!
Everything you’ve heard about Ms. Adams is true – she was extremely kind and gracious. It was a thrill meeting her. In addition, she has a great outlook on life and her career in the movies. I look forward to reading her new book The Lucky Southern Star: Reflections From the Black Lagoon.