Captain Kronos - Vampire Hunter is indeed an oddity among vampire films and in the canon of Hammer horror films. The film doesn't star either Christopher Lee or Peter Cushing, it doesn't contain the usual bloodsucking antics of vampires, and it bends if not breaks most of the rules of the horror genre... and yet somehow it works in an eccentrically brilliant fashion.
The film tells the tale of a soldier, adventurer, and vampire hunter named Kronos and his strange travels across the land to rid the world of the many different varieties of the undead. Kronos is unlike most vampire hunters as he smokes marijuana and carries with him a katana in lieu of the more traditional vampire slaying weapons. On this particular adventure (what was intended to the be first film in a series which sadly never came to fruition), Kronos must track down the source of a stage number of occurrences in a small town: beautiful young women have been turning up dead or on the verge of death with all of their youthfulness drained turning them into crones. Kronos, along with his hunch-backed assistant Hieronymus Grost, follow the clues to find out who the vampire responsible for the heinous attacks is. Along they way they rescue a beautiful young gypsy, duel a villainous swordsman, and are forced to execute a friend who has been turned into the vampire, all before confronting aristocratic twins with a deadly heritage.
As mentioned above, the film was originally meant to be the first in a series that would feature Kronos traveling the world and through time to battle different kinds of vampires. The film was directed by Brian Clemens, one of the producers of classic British spy series The Avengers, and its his creative talents and the subversive nature of the story which make Captain Kronos an unusual genre-blending cult classic.
By 1974 Hammer Films was in its death throes, its films had become formulaic--boring and predictable. Their vampire films in particular were suffering from severe anemia despite copious amounts of blood being spilled, and not even the savage, arrogant charisma of Christoper Lee seemed capable of rescuing the Dracula films from certain death at the box office. It was at this point that Hammer finally decided to change its approach. Toward this end they hired Brian Clemens, best known for his work … more
Captain Kronos, TO THE RESCUE! A killer vampire hunter, hot & sexy English STUD and an expert swordsman to boot, who, with the physical & sexual assistance of the gorgeous gypsy shorty Carla and his hunchbacked homeboy, Professor Grost, scour the whole of England in search of a vampire that is draining the life out of all the pretty country girls, leaving them dead & horribly aged in the process. I bought this movie on sale and was quite pleased with my purchase. TOO BAD that there wasn't a Captain … more