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Captain Kronos  Vampire Hunter (1974)

Country of Origin: UK
Year of Production: 1972
Running Times: 91m
Length:
Format:
Colour Format: colour
Ratio:
Sound: RCA Sound System


DIRECTION

Directed by: Brian Clemens


CREW

PRODUCTION
Copyright: © MVMLXXII [1972] Hammer Film Productions Limited
Production Company: A Hammer production
Produced by: Albert Fennell, Brian Clemens
Production Supervisor: Roy Skeggs
Production Manager: Richard Dalton

SCRIPT
Written by: Brian Clemens

DIRECTION
Assistant Directors: David Tringham
Continuity: June Randall

PHOTOGRAPHY
Director of Photography: Ian Wilson
Camera Operator: Godfrey Godar

EDITING AND POST-PRODUCTION
Editor: James Needs
Processed by: Humphries Laboratories

MUSIC
Music by: Laurie Johnson
Music Supervisor: Philip Martell

SOUND
Recording Director: A.W. Lumkin
Sound Recordist: Jim Willis
Sound Editor: Peter Lennard
Dubbing Mixer: Bill Rowe
RCA Sound System

COSTUMES AND MAKE-UP
Wardrobe Supervisors: Dulcie Midwinter
Make-Up: Jim Evans
Hairdressing: Barbara Ritchie

DESIGN AND SET CONSTRUCTION
Designer: Robert Jones
Assistant Art Director: Kenneth McCallum Tait

LOCATION
Made at EMI-MGM Elstree Studios, Boreham Wood, Hertfordshire, England

STUNTS
Fight Arranger: William Hobbs

CASTING
Casting Director: James Liggat


CAST

Starring
Horst Janson (Captain Kronos)
John Carson (Dr Marcus)
Shane Briant (Paul Durward)
Caroline Munro (Carla)

Also Starring
John Cater (Professor Hieronymos Grost)
Lois Daine (Sara Durward)

with
William Hobbs (Lord Hagen Durward)
Brian Tully (George Sorell)
Robert James (Pointer)
Perry Soblosky (Barlow)
Paul Greenwood (Giles)
Lisa Collings (Vanda Sorell)
John Hollis (barman)

And Guest Stars
Ian Hendry as Kerro
Wanda Ventham as Lady Durward

Susanna East (Isabella Sorell)
Stafford Gordon (Barton Sorell)
Elizabeth Dear (Ann Sorell)
Joanna Ross (Myra)
Neil Seiler (priest)
Olga Anthony (Lilian)
Gigi Gurpinar (blind girl)
Peter Davidson (big man)
Terence Sewards Tom)
Trevor Lawrence (Deke)
Jacqui Cook (barmaid)
Penny Price (whore)


UNCREDITED CAST

B.H. Barry, Michael Buchanan, Steve James, Ian McKay, Barry Smith, Roger Williams (villagers)
Linda Cunningham (Jane)
Caroline Villiers (Petra)


PLOT SUMMARY

Captain Kronos and his hunchbacked assistant Professor Hieronymous Grost travel through Europe wiping out vampirism wherever they encounter it. Summoned to the village of Durward by a former army comrade, Kronos finds that young women are apparently dying of old age, their lifeforce being sucked from them by some sort of predator. After picking up gypsy girl Carla along the way, Kronos and Grost investigate and come to suspect that the wealthy Durward family may have something to do with the killings.


AVAILABILITY

UK
Video Distributor: Iver Film Services

USA
Theatrical Distributor: Paramount Pictures
Video Distributor: Paramount Home Video
Laserdisc Distributor: Paramount Home Video


CENSORSHIP HISTORY

UK
Rating: AA

USA
Rating: R


TIMELINE

1972
April

10: UK - shooting begins

May
27: UK - shooting ends

1974
April

7: UK - theatrical release

June
Day Unknown: USA - theatrical release (on double bill with Frankenstein and the Monster From Hell (1974))

1980
August

2: UK - television broadcast (on BBC1)

1987
December

2: UK - television broadcast (on Thames Television)


POSTER TAGS

The only man alive feared by the walking dead


ALTERNATIVE TITLES

Capitaine Kronos: Tueur de vampires - French title
Captain Kronus - Vampire Hunter
Kapteeni Kronos - vampyyrinmetsästäjä
- Finnish title
Kronos
- US title
Vampire Castle


LINKS

SEE ALSO
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997 - present)
Blade (1998)


REFERENCES

MAGAZINES

Cinefantastique vol.3 no.4 (Winter 1974) p.29 (USA)
review

CinemaTV Today no.9976 (15 April 1972) p.18 (UK)
credits

CinemaTV Today no.10075 (23 March 1974) p.15 (UK)
review

Dark Terrors no.9 (November 1994) pp.6-7 (UK)
illustrated credits, production notes

L'Ecran Fantastique no.9 (1979) p.48 (France)
review

Hollywood Reporter vol.231 no.46 (19 June 1974) p.5 (USA)
review

The House That Hammer Built no.8 (April 1998) pp.441-443 (UK)
illustrated credits, synopsis, review

Monthly Film Bulletin vol.41 no.483 (April 1974) pp.69-70 (UK)
credits, synopsis, review

Starburst no.96 (vol.8 no.12) (August 1986) pp.34-37 (UK)
review

Time Out no.349 (26 November 1976) p.30 (UK)
review

Variety 26 June 1974 p.5 (USA)
credits, review

Video Junkie no.1 p.26 (USA)
review

BOOKS

Elliot's Guide to Films on Video p.123
credits, short review

The Hammer Story p.177
illustrated credits, synopsis, review

Hoffman's Guide to SF, Horror and Fantasy Movies 1991 - 1992 p.62
credits, review

Illustrated Vampire Movie Guide p.67
credits, review (by Stephen Jones)

Reference Guide to Fantastic Films Volume II
credits


KEYWORDS

hunchbacks, sword fights, vampires

 


Last Updated: 8 January, 2010

 


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