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Captain Kronos - Vampire Hunter (1974)

R  |   |  Horror  |  7 April 1974 (UK)
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A master swordsman and former soldier and his hunchbacked assistant hunt vampires.

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John Carson ...
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Paul Durward
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Carla
John Cater ...
Lois Daine ...
Sara Durward
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Kerro
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Lady Durward
William Hobbs ...
Hagen
Brian Tully ...
George Sorell
Robert James ...
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Perry Soblosky ...
Barlow
Paul Greenwood ...
Giles
Lisa Collings ...
Vanda Sorell
John Hollis ...
Barman
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Vampire hunter and expert swordsman Kronos finds himself in a small village where several of the local young women have been found in an advanced state of age, their youth drained from them by a vampire's kiss. Kronos' search leads him to the Durward estate where he is met by the effete children of the apparently aged and sick Lady Durward. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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£160,000 (estimated)
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This was to have been the first in a series of films. The poor box office cancelled those plans. The poor returns also contributed to the decline in the box office track record of Hammer Films. See more »

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At time 1:04:40, as the young girl puts the lamp down on the table, you can briefly see the electrical cord fall to the ground from under her arm, where it was hidden while she walked down the steps. See more »

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[Kronos's friend Grost, who is a hunchback, has just been mocked for this by Kerro, the village ruffian, and his two companions]
Kronos: To make sport of a physical affliction is both impolite and cruel. After all, I wouldn't dream of calling you
[to the man on Kerro's right]
Kronos: Rat Face, or
[to the man on Kerro's left]
Kronos: Fatty, or
[to Kerro himself]
Kronos: Big Mouth!
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A Different, Inventive Kind Of Vampire Film
22 June 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I've only seen a couple of Hammer horror films, but I'm impressed. They seem to be subtly effective if you're looking for a few thrills and chills, not overdoing the gore, being mild on the language but yet having a definite edge to them.

"Captain Kronos" isn't super but it's enjoyable. The direction is excellent, the DVD transfer looked nice, and - like a good mystery - there's a good twist at the end regarding the murderer, er.....vampire. For us guys, there are also a lot of pretty women in here, too. The acting isn't the best but who cares? It's entertaining, and not made to be taken seriously.

I enjoyed the team of "Captain Kronos and Professor Hieronymous-Grost," and I'm surprised there wasn't a sequel. These two guys make a good team: Horst Janson as the younger, dashing swordsman, and John Cater as the older assistant. The latter provides a little comic relief, too. Their relationship reminded me a bit of Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce at "Holmes and Watson."

The good captain is not your normal vampire hunter. He's just as anxious to get it on with the ladies, and he has a sexy one for a partner in Caroline Munro as "Carla." Kronos also smokes "herbal" cigars! The brief touches of comedy, western, swashbuckling, horror, mystery, romance, sex, supernatural, and who-knows-what else all make it an inventive and fun hour-and-a-half. Hey, it even gives God several good plugs! This horror movie is different, all right.


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