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  • 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 Sept. 2011
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0058CLCKC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,434 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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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3.8 out of 5 stars

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Jonathon T. Beckett on 13 Aug. 2008
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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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Martin Lewis on 25 Jun. 2007
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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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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Raymond A. Newman on 27 Sept. 2004
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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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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By C. W. Howarth on 10 Sept. 2011
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Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter [DVD]

29/10/14
This review is now edited and the dvd re-rated, due to the fact that when originally released the dvd had the incorrect print. An error that Icon acknowledged and remedied. So the following review, although was appropriate at the time is now redundant. Have left the review in place, so that the follow up comments make sense.

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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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THE MOVIE

CAPTAIN KRONOS: VAMPIRE HUNTER sounds trashy. I decided to give it a chance anyway and was pleasantly surprised! Think a 70s Hammer BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER.
Hammer Productions wanted to make this a series of movies, like their DRACULA series, unfortunately it performed badly at the box office and the idea was dropped. It's a real pity, I've seen far worse movies getting endless sequels.
CAPTAIN KRONOS: VAMPIRE HUNTER is a bit eerier than the most vampire movies - unlike in most movies, where a vampire bites you and you turn into one, here the victims are drained and age incredibly fast, dying of old age. Creepy.
Writer/director Brian Clemens' directing debut (would remain is only directing job) adds a few odd new ideas to the genre: for instance a cross itself no longer repels a vampire - true faith is required.
The cast is fantastic with Horst Janson in the lead as Kronos, and the fabulous John Cater as his sidekick, along with stunningly beautiful Caroline Munro as Carla the gypsy.
CAPTAIN KRONOS has its cheesy moments, but it also has some witty dialogue, a sense of humor and adventure and a fair amount of creepiness. It is a very daring and unusual Hammer movie, and therefore worth a higher rating. A movie not to be taken too seriously though.

THE DVD

Reviewed version: 2011 Icon Film UK DVD
Feature running time: 87 mins.
Rating: R (MPAA) / 15 (BBFC)
Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1 (anamorphic)
Audio: English 2.0 Mono
Subtitles: NONE
Chapters: 12
Extras: NOTHING
Region: 2

Picture: C+
Audio: B
Extras: F
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 24 Feb. 2013
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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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