Hammer Horror Star Veronica Carlson Passes Away At 77

by Thomas Tuna

Veronica Carlson–who starred opposite horror legends Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing in Hammer films–passed away last weekend at the age of 77.

Carlson passed of natural causes at her home in Bluffton, S.C., her daughter Carly Love told The Hollywood Reporter.

Born in Yorkshire, England, Carlson appeared in 1967’s Casino Royale, a part that attracted the attention of Hammer executive James Carreras. That led to her being cast in 1968’s Dracula Has Risen From the Grave–in which her character was a victim of Lee’s Vampire Lord–and in 1969’s Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed–in which her character was raped by Cushing’s Baron Victor Frankenstein.

Carlson also starred with Ralph Bates and David Prowse (the man destined to wear Darth Vader’s sinister mask) in 1970’s Horror of Frankenstein. She also reunited with Cushing in The Ghoul (1975) and with other Hammer stars in House of the Gorgon (2019).

The staff of Horror News Network extends its condolences to Carlson’s family, friends and colleagues.


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