Thursday, June 4, 2009

Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter (1974)

Captain Kronos offers the same familiar trappings we have come to expect from a solid Hammer entry, with flamboyant colors, elaborate sets, overt sexuality, and a convincing medieval backdrop. A town is rescued from a series of vampire attacks that have been draining their youth by a dashing young swordsman and his cohort. Janson plays a charming and debonair Captain Kronos, adding a fun new slayer to Hammer's ranks. It is really a pity the character wasnt reprised in later films. The film is shot beautifully, and both the acting and dialogue meet Hammer's high level of quality. Most of the violence is implied off-camera, and is done very tastefully through shadow play, blood splatter, or cries in the distance. It is also nice to see a vampire that drains not just blood but youth as well, giving the ghouls in this film some differentiation. Classic Gothic horror fans will find plenty to like here, and it comes with the ILHM Seal of Approval!

Rating: 8/10.



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4 comments:

  1. GREAT AWESOME WRITE UP, THIS ONE TWO IS ONE I HAVE ALWAYS LOVED AND WAS UPSET THEY NEVER TOOK IT ANYWHERE LATER ON, IT'S A SHAME BECAUSE I THINK THE CHARACTER WOULD HAVE BEEN AN AWESOME HORROR SERIES

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  2. Picked this bad-boy up for $1.99 at blockbuster because no one else had a clue. Grew up on Hammer films. Chris RowB

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  3. I, too, picked up this film for cheap. It is a shame that this film never got a chance to spread into a series, what with the production company folding about two years later.

    This is one of those rare films that I actually want them to remake. It probably wouldn't be as good, but it would get more notoriety for the title. That is close enough for me.

    Note: whenever I start doing videos, I will do a review. I'll do my part too.

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  4. I agree there, there is plenty of swashbuckling action left unfilmed that would make for an excellent remake. If they played the film straight and kept the FX practical it could be a superior Van Helsing!

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