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Captain Kronos - Vampire Hunter (Widescreen) (1974)

Horst Janson , John Carson , Brian Clemens  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: Horst Janson, John Carson, Shane Briant, Caroline Munro, John Cater
  • Directors: Brian Clemens
  • Writers: Brian Clemens
  • Producers: Brian Clemens, Albert Fennell
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: October 21, 2003
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000AUHOK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,696 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Captain Kronos - Vampire Hunter (Widescreen)" on IMDb

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Forget Van Helsing. Captain Kronos is the great swashbuckling vampire hunter. Hard-faced Horst Janson is the brooding Kronos, a rangy, sword-wielding soldier who hunts the vampire scourge with his jovial hunchbacked partner, Grost (John Cater), and his earthy peasant girl lover, hazelnut eyed beauty Caroline Munro. Director-writer Brian Clemens, who so entertainingly put genres in the blender on the TV series The Avengers, imaginatively rewrites vampire lore from the film's haunting first scene: a shrouded, shadowy predator (looking more like death incarnate than a traditional vampire) drains a comely maiden of her very youth, leaving the girl an aged, wizened husk. Clemens lacks the budget and the cinematic snap to bring his visual ideas to full fruition, but his well-wrought characters, inspired ideas, and swashbuckling swordfights make this entertaining reinterpretation of the vampire movie a cult classic. --Sean Axmaker

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Captain Kronos (Horst Janson; Murphy's War) , a vampire hunter and expert swordsman who, with the assistance fo the beautiful gypsy Carla (Caroline Munro; The Spy Who Love Me) and his hunchbacked assistant, Professor Grost (John Cater; Rising Damp), roam the country in search of vampires. On their travels, the trio happens upon a village where they find that a vampire has been draining the youth from beautiful, young girls. Devising a daring plan, Captain Kronos and his aids attempt to save the village before the death toll equlas the population.

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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A rather progressive undertaking... December 30, 2003
By A Customer
Having already swam in rather innovative waters with DR. JEKYLL AND SISTER HYDE, the team of Brian Clemens and producer Albert Fennell (of TV's The Avengers fame) were again recruited by Hammer Films for a rather progressive undertaking. Clemens' creation of the character Captain Kronos was hoping to revitalize the company's vampire genre and at the same time generate a new series of films (rumors of a TV series also surfaced). But nothing could prevent the decline of Hammer, and CAPTAIN KRONOS: VAMPIRE HUNTER was box office doom due to poor distribution in the U.K. and lack of attention on its U.S. double-billing with FRANKENSTEIN AND THE MONSTER FROM HELL. It didn't help that the film sat on the shelf for a full two years after it was made.
Captain Kronos (played smoothly by German actor Horst Janson) is a 19th century war hero traveling across Europe with his brainy hunchback sidekick Professor Grost (John Cater from the "Dr. Phibes" films). Self-proclaimed vampire hunters, the duo befriend the wayward gypsy girl Carla (the stunning Caroline Munro) as they travel to the town of Kronos' old army pal Dr. Marcus (John Carson). The recent deaths of young girls--bitten on the lips by a hooded stranger and dying suddenly as aged women--are the reason for the visit, as Kronos confronts evil with sword in hand and Grost uses his vast knowledge of the subject to find answers. All evidence leans towards the Durwards, an aristocratic family amid a peasant village. The arrogant children (Shane Briant and Lois Daine) and their ambiguous mother (Wanda Ventham) prove mysterious indeed, but Kronos and his companions have their homework cut out for them before they discovery the true vampiric culprit(s).
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Begs for a sequel January 8, 2001
By skytwo
Format:VHS Tape
This is certainly one of the most unorthodox and best of the Hammer films. While the title screams "cheese," it is in fact a well-plotted, confidently-directed film that was well ahead of its time (in light of the subsequent appearance of such films as "Vampire Hunter D" and "Blade"). It is also refreshingly low-key, making the most of atmosphere and an unusual premise, rather than cheap shocks. It may not be gory, and some of the effects certainly expose its low budget origins, but the sheer inventiveness of the film makes it worth seeking out. It's the little touches that make the film great, from the inspired score to the novel twists on vampire lore. And of course the unmistakable colors and sights of Hammer films. "Kronos" also stands up nicely to repeat viewings, something that can't be said for a lot of horror films. I suspect that the solidness of the character-- part Sabatini hero, part Peckinpah anti-hero-- has something to do with that. It's a shame that a sequel never materialised, but then again that means that we're spared the agony of seeing a brilliant character reduced to a one-liner spouting fast food tie-in.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Only Man Alive Feared by the Walking Dead! March 24, 2004
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Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter (1974) aka Kronos is one of the better films to come from Hammer Studios in the 70's. It's basically a horror movie with a heaping helping of adventure thrown in and just a whole lot of fun.

Written and directed by Brian Clemens, the film stars German actor Horst Janson as Captain Kronos, a master of the sword and ex-solider, a freelance vampire killer, accompanied by the hunchbacked Professor Hieronymos Grost (John Cater), an authority on vampirism and good friend to Kronos. The film also stars the lovely and infinitely easy on the eyes Caroline Munro who appeared in others films like Dracula A.D. 1972 (1972), The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1974), and The Spy Who Loved Me (1977).

The film wastes no time on the horror aspect as we witness a young, comely woman in the woods attacked by a mysterious, cloaked stranger. The once young woman is now old and withered, due to having her youth literally drained from her person. A couple more attacks occur within the small English village, and this prompts Dr. Marcus (John Carson), the local physician, to contact his old friend, Captain Kronos. On the way to the village, Kronos and Grost meet Carla (Monroe), an errant peasant girl, whom they allow to tag along, probably because she's so hot. On arriving in the small village, Grost utilizes a unique vampire detection device to try and track the vile creature terrorizing the village, while Kronos has mad monkey love with Carla and rests for the upcoming battle. Meanwhile, the village loses a couple more young women, decreasing the overall population greatly as I didn't see a whole lot of townsfolk to begin with...The hunt is on as Kronos and Grost search for clues as to the identity and location of the vampire. Dr.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real (quirky) Classic August 9, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
For me, this film was Hammer's most intriguing product. It's most unlike any other vampire movie of which I'm aware. The adventures of Captain Kronos are both amusing and engaging, with a "who-done-it" plot thrown in for good measure. And the obligatory luscious females are of the highest standard in the shape of Miss Munro and, especially for me anyway, Wanda Ventham. The general atmosphere is up to the usual Hammer standards. There is one scene in particular, involving the killing of a vampire at his own behest, which is to my mind one of the most darkly comic in all the genre. Especially - but not exclusively - if you're a Hammer horror fan and haven't seen this film, you really ought to do so without delay.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfuly Silly
Critics didn't like Cpt Kronos, I guess you have to be a Hammer fan.
None of the usual Hammer stars (Lee or Cushing etc) but the cast is made up of good british actors. Read more
Published 1 month ago by DJ
5.0 out of 5 stars A Sword Enthusiast's Vampire Tale
Wow, this is a very unusual vampire movie. The hero is a sword wielding vampire killer! He even uses both hands! Read more
Published 2 months ago by the Mad Baron
5.0 out of 5 stars Captian Kronos Vampire Hunter
If your a fan of the classic Hammer Films of the 70s you will already know how much fun this movie is. Read more
Published 2 months ago by paul levine
3.0 out of 5 stars not very good performances but still entertaining
Not sure but it does feel like a movie made for TV, the acting is not the best nor any close to it but the whole thing is entertaninig and well rounded
Published 2 months ago by javier flores
4.0 out of 5 stars One of Hammer Films' better outings, with sword-wielding Kronos and...
Indeed, somewhere in the woods radiantly beautiful, innocent, Red Riding Hood-type young women are being instantly turned into shriveled old crones, the victims of a nefarious,... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ron4Sure
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting relic from the 1970s but not one of Hammer's best
Something is missing. Horst Janson either doesn't project or convey the impression of a hero, but then again, this was produced in the 1970s, when anti-heroes were not difficult to... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Gordon M. Wagner
5.0 out of 5 stars A guilty pleasure of camp horror
this movie is a classic which plays by its own quirky rules. The characters are plenty of fun. I can understand why this is a cult classic
Published 5 months ago by Preston Selby
3.0 out of 5 stars Captain Kronos - Vampire Hunter
Sort of good. I mean ok, I guess, but not the volume of what I would consider a horror. Needs much more scare.
Published 5 months ago by Cecy
5.0 out of 5 stars A 5 star Hammer film.
If you are wondering whether or not to buy this film, the answer is "yes" as long as you:
1. Enjoy classic horror films.
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Published 6 months ago by Michael J. Sackmary
5.0 out of 5 stars Wacky, nonsensical, and at times so "off" its more a comedy than a...
One of my favorite old Hammer Films :) Wacky, nonsensical, and at times so "off" its more a comedy than a horror movie, it still is enjoyable, and a film I'll watch over... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Tara Fox Hall
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