Captain Kronos - Vampire Hunter

1974

Action / Adventure / Horror / Mystery

44
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 65%
IMDb Rating 6.6 10 3429

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Reviewed by Leofwine_draca 9 / 10

An all time Hammer Horror classic with a wonderful fairy tale atmosphere

An excellent, atypical addition to the Hammer cycle which breathes life into some of the old vampire clichés that Hammer were keen to use at the time, thanks to a tongue-in-cheek script and direction from AVENGERS man Brian Clemens. A good cast, fine photography, a wonderfully evocative music score and a good eye for pacing make this a highly enjoyable, intelligent film, and definitely one of Hammer's best - full stop.

Thing begin well in the best Hammer tradition as a girl, picking flowers in a lush woodland, is attacked by a black-caped vampire whose face is kept hidden for most of the movie (adding a murder mystery slant to the proceedings). The local village doctor, Marcus, played by veteran John Carson - on the rare side of good this time - calls in his old war buddy Kronos to help out, and here the fun begins. On his arrival, Kronos frees a gypsy girl from the stocks, played by Caroline Munro. Munro has an underwritten role as per usual but she's sufficiently glamorous for the part.

Along with Kronos comes the hunchback Grost, played to perfection by John Cater. Grost is a most unusual character, who hunts for vampires by burying dead toads in boxes around the area. However, this isn't as weird as it sounds, as apparently when a vampire passes it will cause the toad to return to life, as is proved later on in the film. There is much enjoyment to be gained from watching this film, not least from the fun Clemens and co. have from playing with vampire folklore in general. For example, here the victims are not drained of blood, but actually drained of life, so that they are discovered withered and aged when dead. Along with the aforementioned dead toads, there are lots of other neat little ideas to look out for, like when time actually stops for a few seconds. The vampire also wilts flowers and mushrooms when passing them by in the wood, a clever effect if ever I saw one.

The special effects are actually quite limited in this film, although what appears is pretty good. The old-age makeup looks realistic, and there's a brief vampire dissolve in the best Dracula tradition. The film isn't very gory for the period, although there is a bloody bat attack and a cool scene where a man loses his arms after being run over by a coach. The acting is generally spot-on, with few exceptions. Horst Janson makes for an athletic and interesting hero, and he is given nice, odd touches of characterisation like the fact that he smokes and uses leeches on his back to clear his mind. Cater is brilliant as his assistant, and as I mentioned Caroline Munro provides sufficient glamour if not acting ability. John Carson is excellent as per usual in his sympathetic turn, and Shane Briant is fine. Ian Hendry turns up briefly but is magnificent as a cruel goon who finds himself on the receiving end of Janson's sword in a bar-room battle. Although some of the lesser actresses aren't that good, both Wanda Ventham and Lois Daine have fine, strong roles.

Other bits to look out for include some nice references to westerns and adventure films of the past, like the scene where Janson takes out Hendry and two of his men in a swift movement, with the sword replacing a revolver in this case. The ending is also a good one. There's a brilliant sword fight which recalls THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD and all of the swashbucklers that have come since, and doesn't disappoint in the least. Finally, the fine photography brings out the atmosphere of the British countryside, especially effective in some spooky (daylight) graveyard sequences. I would say that this neglected Hammer classic offers up a bit of everything for the genre fan and proves to be one of their best.

Reviewed by Prichards12345 7 / 10

Spirited and lively variation on vampire mythology.

Captain Kronos was, by all accounts, meant to be a recurring character in 5 movies, with possibly a t.v. series to follow. He was to pop up in different historical eras (including, probably, the present day) to fight supernatural evil, and it would not be explained how he did it - though presumably he is some sort of time traveller.

It's a shame then, that Vampire Hunter proved to be the 1st and last entry in the series, killed by lack of audience interest in the Hammer product. Kronos is an engaging character, like-ably played by Horst Janson, and his sole screen adventure proves an engaging one. Writer/Director Brian Clemens gives us a Western-style vampire whodunit, adding numerous touches of originality to the proceedings. The vampire attacks don't drain blood - they drain the life-force itself, leaving the victim horribly aged and the correct method for dispatching the vampire can only be found by experimentation.

Kronos is called in to investigate a series of these attacks, and with his lively assistant Hieronymus Grost is soon burying dead toads all over the place in the quest to root out the vampire! There's a great scene with Ian Hendry as a tavern thug out to kill Kronos, and a splendid sword duel at the end between Kronos and his chief foes.

There's also a nice twist to in this engaging vampire variant at the climax, when the real vampire is finally revealed. Brian Clemens directs ably, and there's also a rousing Bernard Herman-style music score. Perhaps the new Hammer could consider reviving the good Captain? And since his mum is in this they could do worse than getting Benedict Cumberbatch involved!

Reviewed by Rainey Dawn 7 / 10

A Bit Corny But Fun

Captain Kronos is a bit on the corny side but it is fun to watch. Captain Kronos is a swashbuckling vampire hunter that is reminiscent of a comic book superhero. He was featured in a grand total of 4 Hammer Magazine Comics: The House of Hammer » 3 issues (#1, #2, #3) and Hammer's Halls of Horror » 1 issue (#20).

The movie is decent - funny sometimes. It's not a bad afternoon film. It's quite fun to watch, has a pretty good story, good costuming and sets, and a dashing, daring vampire hunter named Captain Kronos!

Basically if you like vampire stories, a comic book feel to a film, swashbuckling, and a film that does not take itself to seriously then you might enjoy Captain Kronos - Vampire Hunter. It's entertaining!

7/10

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