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 78 found boring (2.56%)

One-line Reviews (55)

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

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

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

The film is quite enjoyable for what it is.

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

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 .

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

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

This agreeable terror/adventure movie dals with Captain Kronos : Hort Janson, he is a tough predator of ominous foes , as he tracks down , hunts and confronts by fencing bloodthirsty enemies, and , finally, a family of vampires in this thrilling Hammer horror hybrid .

It is certainly a different story and very enjoyable.

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

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.

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 main factor holding this one back is the rather unappealing and bland vampire hunter that we're supposed to follow along who is nowhere near the sympathetic type that's worthy of being followed.

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

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

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.

Meanwhile the two inn confrontations are compelling.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

The usual parade of beautiful victims from Hammer, particularly one particularly stunning, transformed from an "old crone", as so stated repeatedly in the script.

His back-story is intriguing and establishing as well that they're different types of creatures from the major ones we know is interesting.

The lead characters are well acted and intriguing.

Heading through the countryside, a vampire hunter and his servant find a young woman left behind by the local villagers and take her along with them where they find the area is being haunted by a series of vampire attacks that becomes far more intense and pointed at them forcing them into action to stop them.

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

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

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

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.

It's entertaining!

"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.

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

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.

This atypical and artsy Hammer movie results to be an atmospheric and entertaining fantasy chiller .

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.

"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.

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 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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

Still enjoyed it.

All in all, definitely entertaining and worth a watch.

This enjoyable motion picture that isn't at all typical of Hammer's output comes from the fertile brain of Brian Clemens who directed as well, being his only one.

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

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

Entertaining Hammer Cheese-Fest .

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.

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