Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter (1974) - Adventure, Horror, Mystery

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A master swordsman and former soldier and his hunchbacked assistant hunt vampires.

IMDB: 6.5
Director: Brian Clemens
Stars: Horst Janson, John Carson
Length: 91 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 2 out of 66 found boring (3.03%)

One-line Reviews (46)

There's enough action here, a nicely suspenseful sequence before the big finale, and an appreciable glimpse of Munro's exquisite body, to make this well worth watching for fans of period adventures.

The atmosphere is strong, the period feel impressive, the thunderous music by Laurie Johnson a rousing accompaniment, and overall this sizes up as a great deal of fun.

All in all Captain Kronos is an exciting and interesting picture to see.

This little difference in plot is enough to create a complete and fascinating movie.

Horst Janson is a tad bland in the lead role, and other than Ian Hendry (who is barely on screen) and Caroline Munro, this is not an especially well acted affair, nor does it have the deep characters that may have rendered it a more memorable Hammer production.

Still, it's worth watching for the typical Hammer effects and for Munro going full frontal in one scene.

The scenes where Kronos and Grost attempt to determine the vampire's weakness are both grisly and fascinating.

One of the most enjoyable movies I've seen in a long time!

All in all, definitely entertaining and worth a watch.

It's entertaining!

"Captain Kronos - Vampire Hunter" of 1974 is certainly not one of the most brilliant films from the immortal Hammer Studios, but it is definitely a stylish and highly memorable immensely entertaining vampire flick, a typical product of the 70s, and a little gem of super-cool macho cinema.

Horst plays Captain Kronos, a man who wears a snappy uniform and hunts youth-draining vampires in the company of an affable hunchback.

The film is always interesting though while it lasts with its unconventional take on vampirism, Laurie Johnson's music comes with an appropriate sense of grandeur and there are several quite exciting sequences thanks to well choreographed swordplay.

For film students and cineastes, there is some very good camera-work and editing here including a very nice suspenseful reveal shot sequence later in the film.

This is definitely worth watching for any vampire fan, horror enthusiast, or lover of adventure.

The score is adequate, and in some places, rousing.

Brian Clemens directs ably, and there's also a rousing Bernard Herman-style music score.

Lots of suspense,plenty of exciting sword fights,atmospheric sets and lots of beautiful women.

It is also good to see a vampire film in which the hero is dangerous and unpredictable and not entirely wholesome such as the Van Helsing character often is.

The action is intense, the damsels are beautiful, and the ending is satisfying.

This is a genuine oddity: surprisingly stylish and immensely enjoyable; definitely one of Hammer's best latter-day efforts.

It manages to be both serious and tongue-in-cheek, both atmospheric and visceral, and thus operates on a whole other level than earlier Hammer vampire flicks which I find very formulaic.

Hammer cheese-fest which despite the silliness is entertaining and has its creepy moments.

"Kronos" is one of the most fascinating Hammer movies ever made, and that's saying a lot.

Konos sounded intriguing, a soldier who hunts down and slays vampires, with the assistance of Prof. Grost and a gypsy girl.

The movie also isn't always entirely logic, which does make the movie and it's story perhaps a bit hard to follow at certain moments.

Really most of the acting is pretty bland with a couple good performances given by John Cater as the professor and John Carson as Dr. Marcus.

This leads to a very entertaining scene with Janson failing over and over to off a bound vampire.

Saw this during a night of insomnia and liked it a lot.

It's entertaining, and not made to be taken seriously.

The film is quite enjoyable for what it is.

I'm not a vampire fan by any means, so it's very refreshing to see a movie playing with the conventions and clichés of the sub-genre (which I find tiresome for the most part) in entertaining ways.

It's a very intriguing story that can rely on great settings, lovely costumes and a light-headed atmosphere.

It is certainly a different story and very enjoyable.

Concerned Dr. Marcus (the fine John Carson) calls upon handsome, dashing and courageous expert swordsman and vampire hunter supreme Captain Kronos (a charming portrayal by Horst Janson), his loyal, friendly, erudite hunchbacked assistant Professor Grost (an engaging performance by John Cater), and fiery gypsy girl Carla (the stunningly beautiful Caroline Munro in splendidly spirited form) to thwart the pernicious bloodsucker before it's too late.

The lead characters are well acted and intriguing.

Overall, Captain Kronos made for a pretty entertaining watch and had some nice original details and twists.

Kudos are also in order for Ian Wilson's bright, vibrant, dynamic cinematography and Laurie Johnson's jaunty, rousing, robust score.

Needles to say, "Kronos" is a little campy, but there are genuinely sinister scenes (such as the one in the woods with the 'old woman vampire') and the action is both funny and exciting at the same time.

Entertaining Hammer Cheese-Fest .

A good cast, fine photography, a wonderfully evocative music score and a good eye for pacing make this a highly enjoyable, intelligent film, and definitely one of Hammer's best - full stop.

An interesting story that never stops moving, a fine ensemble cast, beautiful and lush photography, characters that are lively and full of interest, Kronos was a creative, unexpected and confident take on the vampire genre and one that was enjoyed by almost everyone that got the chance to see it.

My only complaints are it's slow moving at times and the characters have a 1960s/70s hairstyle and makeup look to them.

There's also a nice twist to in this engaging vampire variant at the climax, when the real vampire is finally revealed.

In to this region rides a mysterious soldier of fortune Captain Kronos I first saw this in my early teens and remembered it well as a very creepy and exciting horror movie featuring vampires and their nemesis in the shape of Captain Kronos .

Kronos is an engaging character, like-ably played by Horst Janson, and his sole screen adventure proves an engaging one.