Captain Kronos – Vampire Hunter

I felt like a Hammer Horror film last night, and found this entertaining 1974 film.

Captain Kronos is a dashing professional vampire hunter (played by a German actor who does a jolly good British accent), assisted by Hieronymus Grost, a professor with a hunchback. They roam the land searching for and destroying vampires, save damsels, swashbuckle, and generally have a good time.

In this particular adventure they were on the trail of a kind of vampire that is not afraid of sunlight, and sucks young women of their youth, not their blood, in order to keep their own youth. As Hieronymus explained early in the film, “There are as many different types of vampire as there are beasts of prey”.

Captain Kronos is also an expert swordsman, and in one pub scene he makes a gunfight-style stand off with three thugs also armed with swords, and in a flash dispenses of them before they can even raise their swords!

The acting is good, some of the cinematography almost arty, and the story is classic Hammer stuff. There is nothing to not like about this except that there were no sequels, spin-offs, or tie-ins with other heroes such as Captain Clegg, or Captain Tom Sylvester (Oliver Reed) in which they team up to fight off a horde of vampires, werewolves, and Peter Cushings to save the hamlet.

Date watched: May 27th
Score: 8/10
Film count 2016: 88

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