Captain Kronos - Vampire Hunter (1974) (Blu-Ray)
Spain released, Blu-Ray/Region A/B/C DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), Spanish ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), Portuguese ( Subtitles ), Spanish ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.85:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Captain Kronos (Horst Janson), a vampire hunter and expert swordsman who, with the assistance of the beautiful gypsy Carla (Caroline Munro; The Spy Who Love Me, Maniac) and his hunchbacked assistant, 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 equals the population. ...Captain Kronos - Vampire Hunter (1974) (Blu-Ray)
- Language : English, Spanish
- Director : Brian Clemens
- Media Format : Import, Blu-ray, Widescreen
- Run time : 91 minutes
- Actors : Shane Briant, Horst Janson, John Carson, Caroline Munro, John Cater
- Subtitles: : Spanish, Portuguese
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 2.0), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0)
- Studio : Feel Films
- ASIN : B08434587L
- Number of discs : 1
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Captain Kronos is a real oddity in the Hammer oeuvre, featuring a vampire-hunting team that uses weird (early 19th century or thereabouts) science to track down and eliminate vampires in a plot which plays out like a cross between a spaghetti western and the stereotypical vampire adventure, and features vampires that break most of the usual rules. Unlike Hammer's usual fare there are none of the usual suspects - no Dracula, Camilla, or Van Helsing - and many of the usual tropes simply don't work. Almost anyone can be a vampire, and no two are exactly alike, in powers or weaknesses. At one point an important character is horrified to discover that he has actually become a vampire unknowingly, and we're then treated to a harrowing series of "experiments" to find out exactly how his type of vampirism works and how he can be killed. As the story progresses the body count rises, with Kronos responsible for as many deaths as the vampires, leading to an eventual bloody resolution. It's all played out with immense style and occasional flashes of humour.
Rumour has it that there were originally intended to be several Kronos films, but for some reason it never happened, Hammer chose instead to stick to Dracula and the other old familiar tropes. It's a real shame, because this film had a witty style singularly lacking from Hammer's usual extruded vampire product.
The quality of this Hammer release is pretty decent for a DVD. The sound is good and the picture quality is very good for a DVD and also for a movie made in the early 70s upgraded to DVD. I'm impressed since the movie is older than me (I'm 34). For the price it's at at the moment (just under £6) it's a bargain for a classic like this. It most definitely is. And take my word for it folks. There is nothing wrong with the picture quality or sound quality. I watched it on my PS3 and on a stand alone DVD player. Works fine on both it does.
My only complaint about this is there was never any sequels. I read they had plans on making a series of Kronos movies. Pity it never happened. We need more movies with this sort of atmosphere to them. Not this run of the mill sequel existing only to make cash efforts we get nowadays.
The version this review was based on is from HAMMER: THE COLLECTION.
Also, I would advise that this DVD is best watched on a blu-ray player rather than an Xbox One. Early DVDs like this, do not come out in widescreen as they are supposed to. Apparently, Xbox One has problems trying to enhance these early DVDs, and the result is a square picture (3 x 3). This happens on nearly all early DVDs.
I've given this DVD 2 stars, because the film itself, the story etc, is okay.
Captain Kronos Vampire Hunter travels the land slaying vampires with stakes, crosses and a samurai sword!
All the classic Hammer ingredients in this one, but with an extra something that makes it one of the best. It is somehow a notch above other Hammer horrors, but what that 'x factor' is I cannot put my finger on. It's a shame a sequel was never made unfortunately.
Great cast despite none of the Hammer regulars like Peter Cushing etc. Horst Janson as Kronos reminded me almost of a character in a western, instead of quick draw with a gun it was with swords. Fantastic. Caroline Munro more beautiful than ever. The hunchback assistant was another great character too as was Ian Hendry's small role. Too many to mention really.
This one certainly has it all, cannot recommend it enough.
Three cheers for Captain Kronos.