Veronica Carlson: Frankenstein & Dracula Damsel, Then And Now

By | October 17, 2019

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Peter Cushing and Veronica Carlson in a publicity portrait issued for the film, 'Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed', United Kingdom, 1969. Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images

In the late '60s and early '70s, Veronica Carlson rose to fame as a Hammer horror screen siren. In her three Hammer movies, Carlson had the chance to act alongside both Peter Cushing (playing Frankenstein) and Christopher Lee (Dracula), Hammer's go-to creepy guys. 

If you went to see a Hammer horror film, you may have had certain expectations: gothic horror with a certain shock factor, and of course, beautiful actresses. Hammer used its actresses' looks and cleavage as an asset as they faced monsters in settings that drew on classic gothic motifs. Hammer Films was a small production company that worked on small budgets, released series of films based on classic monsters, including Frankenstein and Dracula.

Veronica Carlson, British Beauty

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Veronica Carlson, who was born in Yorkshire England on September 18, 1944, began her brief acting career with minor film and television roles. When James Carreras, the boss of Hammer Films, spotted her picture in a newspaper, he cast her to star opposite Christopher Lee, who terrorized her as Dracula in Dracula Has Risen From the Dead (1968).