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Captain Kronos - Vampire Hunter (1974)

 
 

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Horst Janson in Captain Kronos - Vampire Hunter (1974)

After releasing her from some stocks in the woods, Carla (Caroline Munro) joins Captain Kronos (Horst Janson) and his hunchbacked assistant Professor Grost (John Cater) as they make their way to a small village where Kronos' old friend Dr. Marcus (John Carson) now lives. Something strange has been going on in the village where attractive young women have had their beauty and youth sucked out of them by what appears to be a vampire. The trio devise a plan to kill the vampire before the entire village is drained of its fair maidens.

As I looked at other reviews of "Captain Kronos - Vampire Hunter" one stuck out because it used the word "Humdrum" and I thought what a perfect word to describe this Hammer horror which only really caught my attention once, which was when we first met Carla as Caroline Munro's beauty grabs your attention and you long for more scenes involving her. Beyond that well we have a simple movie which distracts itself with characters and subplots whilst never really delivering the atmosphere or horror needed to get you gripped.

Caroline Munro in Captain Kronos - Vampire Hunter (1974)

As I said "Captain Kronos - Vampire Hunter" is simple enough as we have Kronos and his friends tackling vampires where ever they wander with Kronos being an ex soldier with a huge scar which extends from one side of this torso to the other. And he is wicked with the sword, well the editing makes him appear wicked with a sword. But Kronos is such a dull character that it is hard to be excited by him with Horst Janson coming across incredibly wooden.

Then there is John Cater who seems to be included to provide the movie with some comic relief as the hunchbacked Grost and whilst his character might have worked it a TV show it ends up out of place here adding to the confusion as to what this movie is trying to be. Thank goodness for Caroline Munro who doesn't have a great deal to do but look sexy which she does in every single scene she appears in.

What this all boils down to is that like so many Hammer movies "Captain Kronos - Vampire Hunter" failed to do much for me watched for the first time now forty years after it was made. But maybe for those who watched this back in the 70s will find it having some sort of nostalgic charm.

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