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Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter (1973)

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Commentary 1: Genre film historian Jonathan Sothcott, director Brian Clemens, and actor Caroline Munro Rating:6.0/10 (2 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by obscurelabel on June 8th, 2004:Find all reviews by obscurelabel
This is a rather restrained 1973 horror entry from Hammer Studios. Veteran TV writer and director Brian Clemens (The Avengers) was hired to write and direct a different sort of vampire film, as Hammer was strugging to change the image of their films to breath some life into the studio (which finally closed up shop in 1974 after "Frankenstein and the Monster From Hell"). The lead character, Kronos, is a vampire hunter, but Clemens sets out to make a movie which changes a lot of the genre conventions about vampires. Clemens and actress Caroline Munro reminisce about the making of the movie. Write Jonathan Sothcott limits his participation to well timed questions and comments and lets Clemens and Munro do the bulk of the talking. One point of interest is Clemens discussing his plan to have Kronos be a recurring character either on TV or in a series of movies (which of course didn't pan out), and how he still owns the rights to the character.

No dead spots in the commentary at all as Sothcott directs traffic very well at the first sign of any pauses. This should be of interest to fans of Hammer films in particular and to fans of horror in general.
Reviewed by badge on July 4th, 2010:Find all reviews by badge
As Clemens is the writer-director-producer of KRONOS, he naturally gets the lion's share of the commentary (sometimes overdoing it: "they're going across the field...those are daffodils..no, buttercups") with Munroe pretty much agreeing with everything he says - her voice, which has a demure Hayley-Mills-ish quality is quite at odds with the sultry babes she's played on film! Sothcott really knows his stuff and is able to prevent any dead spots from occurring. Clemens and Munroe provide a lot of interesting incidental notes about other productions and personnel in the Hammer studio. As with many director/historian/actor combos, there's a tendency to overrate the material - sure, KRONOS is enjoyable nostalgia but Munroe's claim that it hasn't aged at all and could be made/shown today for contemporary audiences is just plain rose-tinted.