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Sunday, 28 June 2015

Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter (1974)

A lesser-known, underappreciated vampire film from Hammer Studios. It was Dir. Brian Clemens' only feature, sadly. His inventive positioning and unique style don't quite fit the established template, but nor does the swashbuckling plot, so they complement each other. The vampire lore is different, too. The fanged fiends drain youth from their victims, not blood.
The Captain (Horst Janson) rides into and out of the story with his trusty aide, Professor Hieronymus Grost (John Cater), a man who's as important to the experience as the hero himself.
Some folks consider Kronos a part of the Karnstein series for reasons I won’t go into. I don't have strong feelings about whether it is or isn't, but if it can reach an audience by piggybacking on their success then I'm all for it.

4 whispering years out of 5

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