Another great Hammer Production!
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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.
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Captain Kronos, Vampire Hunter starring Horst Janson (1974) 5 stars
Run time: 1 hour, 27 minutes. I really wanted to give this movie 5 stars, but there were too many instances of contrived blood splashing that didn’t fit what was actually happening on the screen. You can’t just throw blood on a bell after a vampire attack and not explain how it got there. Was the vampire being gratuitous in announcing what it was up to? Also, there were a couple of dumb, unnecessary scenes, such as Kronos fighting swords against the townsfolk for no good reason other than to stick another fight into the movie. Past that, the primary characters were great. Each of them had a moment to say something meaningful, including the hunchback assistant, the love interest that came about by chance, and even the doctor who refused to die. There were many, many sub-plots in this movie, from frogs to rogues in taverns to others, and also the weaknesses and limits of the vampires were being shown to us as the movie went along. This allowed the director to set up many chess pieces all over the board, to keep the audience guessing at which of them would be part of the final showdown between good versus evil. I thought I had a good idea as to who the vampire or vampires were, because the clues lined up right to their doorstep, but that turned out not to be the case at all. I’ve changed my mind. I will give this move 5 instead of 4, because so many things were done masterfully. The ambience was excellent, and there were many small details added that I haven’t seen in other movies, such as the way they used mirror reflections to add a subtle dimension of insight. Well done!