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Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter [DVD] [1973]

Horst Janson , John Carson , Brian Clemens    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Horst Janson, John Carson, Shane Briant
  • Directors: Brian Clemens
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Widescreen, Anamorphic
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Icon Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Sep 2011
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0058CLCKC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,514 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

It is the early nineteenth century. The enigmatic Captain Kronos (Horst Janson) roams the countryside with his hunchbacked assistant Professor Grost (John Cater). Kronos wears the uniform of the Imperial Guard, but now he fights a very different war. The beautiful gypsy Carla (Caroline Munro) hitches a ride with Kronos and Grost. She soon discovers that they are professional vampire hunters who have been summoned to a village where a young girl has been found emaciated, drained of all youth. As the death toll in the village rises, Kronos devises a daring plan to expose the murderer – a plan that uses Carla as bait…Captain Kronos Vampire Hunter is one of the most unusual and sought-after horror films from the legendary Hammer Film Productions.


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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stylish late Hammer entry 13 Aug 2008
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Made in 1972, but not released until 1974, this is an interesting departure from Hammer's usual vampire cycle, which consisted of the Dracula series, and the softcore Le Fanu adaptations.
Horst Janson plays the swordsman Captain Kronos travelling the European countryside hunting all things fanged, ably assisted by his hunchbacked friend Professor Hieronymous Grost, an expert in vampire mythology. He comes to a village where all the young women are ageing and dying prematurely, and realises something is clearly very wrong.
Janson is a bit wooden as the title hero, but John Cater is excellent as Grost, and Caroline Munro is also excellent as Kronos' feisty love interest Carla.
What really makes the film a winner for me is some lovely stylistic touches such as the flowers and vegetation withering as the vampire passes and theres some welcome black humour to be found in the film as well. It was supposedly the first of a planned series of Kronos adventures, that sadly never made it to the screen.
All in all, another example of how Hammer were at their most creatively diverse during the 1970's, and if youre tired of yet another Dracula remake, try giving this a bite instead
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An unusually eerie Hammer Horror 27 Sep 2004
Format:DVD
Brian Clemens, creator of The Avengers and The Professionals, made his directorial debut with this creepy and unusual vampire movie. Set in an unspecified "Middle European" country in an unspecified historical period, Captain Kronos establishes its own strange vampire lore and defies convention to present a believable story with real heroes. This DVD isn't a bad package - better than many other Hammer discs, anyway - but the best extra isn't on the disc; it's the healthy sized glossy booklet which comes in the case. Recommended.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Carry On With A Fistful Of Garlic 25 Jun 2007
Format:DVD
Writer and Director Brian Clemens brought a real sense of originality to the various Hammer projects he was involved in at the start of the 1970s. Nowhere is that more evident than in this wonderful cross genre piece of Hammer Vampire Hokum starring Horst Janson and the lovely Caroline Munro. The story plays like a Segio Leone western mixed with "Carry On Film" style romp transported to the darkest regions of 19th century Eastern Europe with Janson playing his hero completely straight only adding to the fun of this refreshing twist in Hammer's later rather lacklustre vampire cycle.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars 2011 release awful print beware 10 Sep 2011
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter [DVD]

The film has become a cult classic. This is the 2011 Icon pictures dvd release. The picture quality is awful. No extras no booklet. Bargain basement release. I fully couldnt enjoy the film because of it. And this is the official release from Hammer??. It has the current official logo on the case. Was very dissapointed. A film like this deserves a decent and remastered uk region 2 release. so 3/5 for film 1/5 for picture quality and 0/5 for extras.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Repressed disc 12 Sep 2011
By Lee R
Format:DVD
I've edited this review to reflect the replacement disc from Icon.

Icon were so ashamed at the print they used for the first DVD pressings, they repressed the disc with a better transfer and offered a free replacement program for purchasers unfortunate enough to have bought the horrendous first pressing. Quite how the initial version got through (by accident according to Icon) is beyond me - do Icon not have basic quality control?

What's on the new disc is an anamorphically enhanced transfer at the OAR of 1.66:1, unlike the US release which is cropped to 1.85:1. It is the same print as was remasered previously for the older DDHE release. For the most part it is clean and clear, except from around the half hour mark there is evidence of tramline scratches which have been disguised somewhat in the remastering process but are still evident. To remove them totally could have left artefacts just as bad if not worse than the original scratches. I certainly very happy with it as it stands now. I dare say it could only be bettered by a brand new, from the bottom up, high definition remaster.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars appalling 12 Sep 2011
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This is so disappointing. The quality of the dvd is very poor. It is a 4:3 dub, with extremely high contrast so that any dark scene is virtually black, and the sunny scenes are very washed out. It is a really neat movie, and if you must see it, and this is the only way, then I would not tell you not to buy it, but I can guarantee that you will be disappointed. The modern consumer expects a lot better.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Hammer churned out nine Dracula films, seven Frankenstein films, three Quatermass stories and four trips to Mummy's tombs, but if ever one of their movies was just crying out to become a long-running franchise it was Captain Kronos, Vampire Hunter, perhaps their last great film. But the studio was already in trouble by 1974, the market for British horror films increasingly drained and Brian Clemens' wonderfully leftfield attempt to give it a blood transfusion fared poorly at the box-office - perhaps not too surprising since Hammer's management hated the film, shelving it for over a year and a half before dumping it in a limited release double-bill with an old martial arts film. Rather than go for the usual vampire clichés, this is inspired by the more arcane aspects of East European vampire lore, the new powers its supernatural threat has and the various different ways of detecting and killing vampires - demonstrated in one scene where our heroes run through them to see which one works on this particular vampire - not just giving it novelty but a surprising degree of verisimilitude. Indeed, it rejoices in subverting the tried-and-trusted horror movie formula: stakes don't work on all vampires, it's the hero rather than the villain who has a hunchbacked assistant and their nemesis walks not by night but by day, flowers withering in its path as virgins lose not their blood but their youth to it.

The film was also Brian Clemens only time behind the camera as director, and that too is a crying shame since his direction is excellent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must have
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Published 1 month ago by Jeffrey Barrett
5.0 out of 5 stars HAMMER'S VERSION OF SWASHBUCKLING BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER IS...
THE MOVIE

CAPTAIN KRONOS: VAMPIRE HUNTER sounds trashy. I decided to give it a chance anyway and was pleasantly surprised! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Caligula II.
1.0 out of 5 stars Cringing and embarrassing to watch
This should have stayed in the 60@s where it was made for pilled up movie goers, who were more interested in what was going on in the back row of the Cinema , and to be frank they... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Born in 47
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant cult horror
I loved this film brings back memories of late nite horror from the 70s.
Great actors from hammer films from a time when British horror led the way in atmosphere somthing we... Read more
Published 4 months ago by miss wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter
Blood, mystery and suspense. A good Horror film with exceptional theme music composed by Laurie Johnson. A great beginning, suspense in the middle and a great and happy ending.
Published 5 months ago by David
4.0 out of 5 stars captain kronos
Great buy from hammer fans good service good condition and a good film to collect very good buy well worth the price
Published 5 months ago by andrew pye
4.0 out of 5 stars Hampire, Campire, Vampire.
Captain Kronos - Vampire Hunter is written and directed by Brian Clemens. It stars Horst Janson, John Cater, John Carson, Caroline Munro, Shane Briant, Lois Daine and Wanda... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Spike Owen
4.0 out of 5 stars great film (but take care which version!)
I have recently purchased the DD version which if it helps is what the pictured disc cover looks like - Hammer logo and the film title in garish green with Caroline Munro lurking... Read more
Published 10 months ago by sean cutter
5.0 out of 5 stars "We're vampire hunters. Professional vampire hunters!"
One thing I always liked about Hammer is the immersion you get from watching these old movies. No one besides Hammer and Lucio Fulci could create a world on display that sucks you... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Zoon_McCoy
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Vampire movie
The type of horor movie I like from Hammer. I have a fairly large collection of Hammer films which I watch fairly often. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Peter Brookman
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