Captain Kronos Vampire Hunter (1974)



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When a young girl in the village of Durward is found emaciated, drained of all youth, Dr Marcus (Cater) summons former comrade-in-arms Captain Kronos (Horst Janson), who arrives with hunchbacked assistant Professor Grost in tow. Cast out from her clan for dancing on a Sunday, gypsy Carla (Caroline Munro) has hitched a ride with the pair, whom she discovers to be vampire hunters. Vampire exist in many forms, and a spate of attacks indicates that Durward is cursed by one such form. Marcus, meanwhile, has cause to suspect that the rich Durward family are involved. At their grand estate, he questions heirs Paul (Shane Briant) and Sara (Lois Daine). Their bed-bound mother blames Marcus for the death of her husband Lord Hagen, a plague victim. The doctor is later assaulted by the unknown vampire. Upon his instruction, Kronos and Grost experiment on Marcus to find the one method that will negate this particular vampiric strain. Successful, but his friend destroyed, Kronos resolves to expose the vampire, applying Grost’s extensive knowledge of vampire lore and using Carla as bait.

Captain Kronos, who was once a member of the Imperial Guard, has been beckoned to seek out evil and destroy it. He has been the victim of a vampire once, but survived the evil forces. He knows the enemy… Maybe he’ll return, to fight another evil in another time. Kronos knows that evil is timeless.

CAPTAIN KRONOS is a highly – influential take on the ‘vampire hunter’ myth. Influenced by Sergio Leone’s Spaghetti Westerns and full of rapier-sharp wit and sly charm, it is understandably one of Quentin Tarantino’s favourite movies. The final swordfight, choreographed by fight arranger and master swordsman William Hobbs and fought between Hobbs and Janson, is acknowledged as a classic of on-screen swordplay.

Directed by Brian Clemens with cinematography by Ian Wilson

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