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Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter

Horst Janson  Actor Shane Briant  Actor Caroline Munro  Actor John Cater  Actor


MPAA Rating: R
Contains:Violence,Graphic Violence,Nudity,Adult Situations,Not For Children

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Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter

UPC: 097360848441

Studio: Paramount

MPAA Rating: R   Contains:[Violence, Graphic Violence, Nudity, Adult Situations, Not For Children]

Summary: A late entry from the foundering Hammer Studios, this intriguing and highly original twist on the vampire motif -- featuring for once a hero more charismatic than the vampires with which he does battle -- was the first in a planned series of Kronos films, but poor planning on behalf of its overseas distributors killed the franchise's great potential in the American market. Kronos (Horst Janson) -- a kind of swashbuckling Sherlock Holmes of the occult sciences -- and his hunchbacked companion Professor Grost (John Cater), arrive in the village of Durward where the local young wenches are being victimized by a family of vampires that drain youth, not blood, from their victims, turning them into withered old hags. Kronos' mystical intuition and powers of deduction lead him to the elderly Lady Durward (Wanda Ventham) and her pompous children Paul (Shane Briant) and Sara (Lois Daine), and he soon squares off against his vampiric foes with a lethal sword (fashioned from a sacred cross) and a bag of occult tricks (including an interesting use of dead frogs). Well-photographed and cleverly directed by Brian Clemens (Dr. Jekyll & Sister Hyde), this is one of Hammer's few attempts to broaden its audience in the 1970's -- a trend which reached its zenith of zaniness with everybody kung fu fighting in the Hammer/Shaw Brothers collaboration Legend of the Seven Golden Vampires. ~ Cavett Binion, Rovi

Category: Horror

Features: cc Commentary by Genre historian Jonathan Sothcott, writer/director/producer Brian Clemens and actress Caroline Munro
Widescreen version enhanced for 16:9 TVs
Dolby Digital English mono
English subtitles

Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter

Format: DVD

Release Date: 10/21/2003

Audio: DD1 Dolby Digital Mono

Runtime: 91 Minutes

Sides: 1

Number of Discs: 1

Language(s) English

Subtitles: English

Region: USA & territories, Canada

Chapters: Side #1 --
1. Drained of Youth
2. Isabella's Last Birthday
3. Professional Vampire Hunters
4. Graveyard Grief
5. Eyewitness
6. Trouble at the Tavern
7. The Durward's Residence
8. Provoked
9. Death to Dr. Marcus
10. Slain Sorell Family
11. Steel Blade and Beautiful Bait
12. A Family Secret
13. Captain Kronos Conquers

Donald Guarisco

This clever revisionist take on vampire lore is one of the last great Hammer Films productions. Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter succeeds where many latter-day Hammer productions fall short because it manages to respect the horror genre while subverting many of its conventions: it plays up the adventure (the usual cross-and-stake finale is replaced with a swordfight) and mystery angles of its premise and flouts a key vampire-film convention by valuing its heroes over its undead villains. Veteran screenwriter Brian Clemens keeps the audience guessing by making the vampire's identity a mystery and reworking the rules of vampirism to suspenseful effect. As a director, Clemens has a little trouble with pacing during the film's midsection but makes up for that with a knack for atmosphere and a keen eye for unusual visuals (look for the moment involving a cross and its deceptive 'shadow'). Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter's appeal is sealed by a rousing score from Laurie Johnson and inspired work from a well-chosen cast: Horst Janson is appropriately fearless as the Errol Flynn-like Kronos, Caroline Munro is spirited (and fetching) as his gypsy love and John Carter displays some offbeat charm as Kronos' sidekick. Some modern viewers might be thrown off by the film's subtle, stately approach but Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter is a smart, very likeable film that is a worthy addition to vampire mythos. ~ Donald Guarisco, Rovi

Cast and Crew: Brian Clemens  Director 
Brian Clemens  Producer 
Brian Clemens  Screenwriter 
Albert Fennell  Producer 
Laurie Johnson  Composer (Music Score) 
Horst Janson  Actor 
Shane Briant  Actor 
Caroline Munro  Actor 
John Cater  Actor 
Ian Hendry  Actor 
Robert James  Actor 
Trevor Lawrence  Actor 
Terence Sewards  Actor 
Wanda Ventham  Actor 
Lois Daine  Actor 
John Carson  Actor 
John Hollis  Actor 
William Hobbs  Actor 
Peter Davidson  Actor 
Elizabeth Dear  Actor 

Country: UK