It’s rare that I don’t somewhat enjoy a classic Hammer film. The company essentially made household names of staple stars Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, and Ingrid Pitt. Occasionally, however, they would have a film that did not feature their regular cast.
Today’s film was one of those. Besides featuring a primarily different cast, they chose to put a twist on familiar territory, giving audiences a glimpse at a variant on a long portrayed monster.
Although not initially received with praise, the film has gone on to garner a rather devoted cult following.
31 Days of Howl-oween
A Review of Films Filled with Frights
~ Captain Kronos ~
Director: Brian Clemens
Cast: Horst Janson, John Carson, Shane Briant, Caroline Munro, Lois Daine, John Cater
Country: United Kingdom
Specs: 91 mins. / Color / OAR 1.85:1 / MPAA Rating: R
After a series of young women are attacked by what appears to be a new breed of vampire, vampire hunter Captain Kronos (Janson) is called in to investigate. He, along with partner Professor Grost (Cater) and gypsy Carla (Munro) suspect the Nobel Durward family is somehow connected. They attempt to investigate their suspicions, solve the riddle of the mysterious vampire, and destroy the vampire before it can claim its next victim.
An interesting take on the vampire tale, having the victims be drained of their youth as opposed to their blood. In addition, instead of an old Germanic town with torch bearing townsfolk, we get a swashbuckling sword fighter in an English village.
The film is far from horrible, however, it is equally as distant from brilliant. It is a very entertaining film, with the flair typical for a Hammer film. However, it lacks the engrossing suspense that other films of its ilk have, having a rather predictable storyline once the family of the Durward’s is introduced.
The film is certainly filled with wonderful sets, make-up, and costumes. The acting also is quite notable. The story also is a welcome take on the vampire mythos, one which has since been copied too many times to count.
Certainly worth the time to be seen, not sure about repeat viewings, however.
My Rating: *** / C+
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