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Captain Kronos

Vampire Hunter

1974

Captain Kronos - Vampire Hunter
 

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The Movie

Starring Horst Janson, John Carson, Shane Briant, Caroline Munro, John Cater
Directed by Brian Clemens
Written by Brian Clemens
Produced by Brian Clemens, Albert Fennell

"There are many kinds of vampire", we are told ... and in this movie, the vampire is taking not just blood, but the youth of the young, female, victims. Captain Kronos, with almost 'super' powers of speed, agility and swordsmanship arrives to save the village.

Review

Stylish late Hammer entry

"Made in 1972, but not released until 1974, this is an interesting departure from Hammer's usual vampire cycle, which consisted of the Dracula series, and the softcore Le Fanu adaptations.

Horst Janson plays the swordsman Captain Kronos travelling the European countryside hunting all things fanged, ably assisted by his hunchbacked friend Professor Hieronymous Grost, an expert in vampire mythology. He comes to a village where all the young women are ageing and dying prematurely, and realises something is clearly very wrong.

Janson is a bit wooden as the title hero, but John Cater is excellent as Grost, and Caroline Munro is also excellent as Kronos' feisty love interest Carla. What really makes the film a winner for me is some lovely stylistic touches such as the flowers and vegetation withering as the vampire passes and theres some welcome black humour to be found in the film as well." - Mr. Jonathon T. Beckett "vampire lover"

Carry On With A Fistful Of Garlic

Writer and Director Brian Clemens brought a real sense of originality to the various Hammer projects he was involved in at the start of the 1970s. Nowhere is that more evident than in this wonderful cross genre piece of Hammer Vampire Hokum starring Horst Janson and the lovely Caroline Munro.

The story plays like a Segio Leone western mixed with "Carry On Film" style romp transported to the darkest regions of 19th century Eastern Europe with Janson playing his hero completely straight only adding to the fun of this refreshing twist in Hammer's later rather lacklustre vampire cycle." - Martin Lewis (Englander in Holstein)

Slow but sure

I really enjoyed this refreshing variation on the vampire theme; the usual Hammer stodginess was broken by a quality script with more than its fair share of dreadful puns. But it is a little dated, and very slow by today's standards. It's well into the movie before Kronos is anything but a silent figure on a horse, and by then the local maidens are dropping like flies. The casting is excellent, with the 'strong silent type' Kronos (Janson), ably supported by the witty Grost (Cater) and the beautiful Carla (Munro). The 'surprise' ending was a little over the top, but hey, this is Hammer! - Drakmeister

The DVD

Format: Full Screen, PAL
Aspect Ratio: Full Screen:1
Number of discs: 1
Studio: Simply Media
DVD Release Date: 16 Jun 2003
Run Time: 87 minutes

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