4/14/11

Captain Kronos - Vampire Hunter (1974)

Evil Ends Here

Captain Kronos - Vampire Hunter
When I made it known the other day that I think many of Tobe Hooper's movies are crap, a couple of people left suggestions of some of his earlier works that they thought were good.  One of those suggestions was Lifeforce which is about alien energy-sucking vampires which reminded me of this film, Captain Kronos - Vampire Hunter.

This is one of the later attempts by Hammer Studios to find an audience amid the changing face of horror and the emergence of exploitation films in the 1970s.  Captain Kronos - Vampire Hunter was intended to be the first in a series of films but the idea never caught on and Hammer Films eventually withered away.

How could you not want to see this movie?  It has a swashbuckling, tights wearing, cigar smoking, vampire killing German.  If that's not enough, it also stars Caroline Munro who is very easy on the eyes. What else do you need to know?  I'll give you a short summary anyway.  Something is stalking the woods and draining the fair young maidens of their youth and vitality, leaving wrinkled old hags in their stead.  At the request of one of the villagers, professional vampire hunters Captain Kronos of the Imperial Guard and his hunchback sidekick Grost travel to the area and rescue the gypsy Carla (Caroline Munro) along the way.  Once there, they kill some local thugs, slay some vampires and track down the vampire lord who is behind all of the life-draining murders.

"Quiet dear, the men are talking."
Captain Kronos is a good film and if it had more violence and nudity it could be a great film.  My impression is that this film came out a few years too late.  It should have been made in the late sixties instead of the mid-seventies.  Still, it's worth watching.

Violence Rating/Index:  2.5 out of 5
Booby Rating/Index:  1.5 out of 5  - Click to see the nude scenes.





24 comments:

The Angry Lurker said...

Even fonder memories of Captain Cronos, cool as feck was our captain and Caroline Munro's cleavage, Lifeforce wasn't a bad take on vampires (space vampires) and a good ending.

Zombie said...

Those dang vampires!

D4 said...

For some reason it makes me think of the beast master meets vampires.

And I do love me some vampires.

Bart said...

wow look at that mullet

Shutterbug said...

You had me at tights wearing! ;)

Living cheap said...

nice movie!

Malkavian said...

I would see it only for the name CAPTAIN KRONOS sweet

Rob said...

I really expected him to be a time traveler with a name like Kronos. lol.

Colin Biano said...

THOSE PESKY VAMPIRES ARE DRAINING OUR WOMEN OF THEIR SEXINESS.

Aaron M. Gipson said...

LOL@ Shutterbug

From the pictures and even the trailer, I would not have guessed that this was a hammer film at all. Sounds somewhat tame, but I might check it out if I see it floating by.

Astronomy Pirate said...

I saw this one on TV awhile ago. It was pretty decent. I think I fell asleep during part of it, but over all I liked it.

consuela bananahammoc said...

Better than twilight, def.

Laughing Vault said...

sounds interesting :D

Wayward Disposition said...

:P lolol you're making me want to start watching these creepy low budget films now!

Jay said...

suck a cool name, Captain Kronos, i'm gonna name my kid that. ;)

G said...

seems low on the boobie score - might give it a miss

Kicking Rocks said...

ill check it out!!

thenitefalls said...

Haha Captain Kronos is such a badass

ed said...

his swordsmanship is badass

hoaks2 said...

Lol and awesome!

taio said...

excelent post

DYLON said...

at least its a vampire movie where the vampires are actually vampires

C Mo Gunz said...

awsome post man, you sure put some time into it! sounds really interesting. awsome blog! followed!

BTN Hip Hop said...

vampire grindhouse is some of the best of the industry

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