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Captain Kronos, cacciatore di vampiri

(Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter)

1973, regia di Brian Clemens



Scheda: Nazione: GB - Produzione: Hammer Film Productions Limited - Distribuzione: Eagle Pictures, Paramount Pictures, Paramount Home Video - Sceneggiatura: Brian Clemens - Fotografia: Ian Wilson - Montaggio: James Needs - Musiche: Laurie Johnson - Formato: Color - Durata: 91'.

Cast: Horst Janson, John Carson, Ian Hendry, Caroline Munro, Shane Briant, John Cater, Lois Daine, Wanda Ventham, William Hobbs, Brian Tully, Robert James, Perry Soblosky, Paul Greenwood, Lisa Collings, Susanna East, Stafford Gordon, Elizabeth Dear, Joanna Ross.




Trama e commenti: - - «Hammer ai minimi storici e risultato pessimo. Si parte con una ragazza aggredita da qualcosa che dovrebbe essere simile ad un vampiro (le restrittezze del budget si guardano bene dal farcelo vedere!) e si prosegue con l'arrivo del coraggioso Capitano Kronos, una sorta di paladino della brughiera a caccia di vampiri. Il film si trascina a colpi di spada fino allo scontro finale con le "forze" del male. Tirando le somme ci troviamo di fronte ad uno dei peggiori film della casa inglese con attori scarsi, regia pedestre e totale assenza di effetti. Anemico».

Plot Summary, Synopsis, Review: IMDb - - - - - - - «The film opens with two young women in the woods surrounding an English village. As they separate, one is approached by a cloaked figure. Dr. Marcus (John Carson) rides by on his horse to discover the one staring at the dead body of the other, whose face has aged horribly and who has blood on her lips. Dr. Marcus calls in his old army friend Captain Kronos (Horst Janson) and hunchback Professor Grost (John Cater), two professional vampire hunters. On their way towards the village they free a young, barefoot gypsy girl named Carla (Caroline Munro) from a stockade. Carla decides to stay with the pair and later becomes romantically involved with Kronos. They arrive at the village, where young women continue to be attacked and aged by a cloaked figure. Grost explains to the initially skeptical Marcus that the women are victims of a vampire that drains not blood but youth and that there are as "many species of vampire as there are beasts of prey". The finding of another victim confirms Grost's explanations. Grost and Carla bury several toads in the wood, marking the spots with red ribbons. The next morning, another girl falls victim to the cloaked figure. However, this time her boyfriend witnessed the attack and reveals to Kronos the girl saw "someone old, very old.". In contradiction, Kronos states that a youth-draining vampire would appear "young and fair". Kronos also digs up the buried toads, and the fact that one of the toads now lives, confirms the presence of a vampire. At the same time, Marcus visits the grave of his friend Lord Durward and speaks with the Lord's son Paul (Shane Briant), who tells the doctor that his mother still holds a grudge against the doctor for not having been able to save Hagen's life. Lady Durward is shown sitting in a carriage, having greatly aged out of grief. Later, Marcus tries to visit Lady Durwood and goes to Durward manor, where he is welcomed by Paul and his beautiful sister Sara (Lois Daine) but has to leave without seeing the bed-ridden Lady. In the woods, a cloaked figure calls to him in an otherworldly female voice. Marcus rides toward the figure, but seems to blackout following the sudden and brief appearance of thunder and lightning. As her emerges from the woods having lost sight of the figure, he is shaken and has drops of blood on his lips but is otherwise unharmed. Meanwhile at a tavern, Kronos and Grost are confronted by a group of thugs, who were previously hired by a mysterious gentleman, but Kronos kills them with a few strokes of his sword. Later, Kronos, Grost, Marcus and Carla plan their next excursion, setting up a system of alarm bells. While they work, a large bat attacks another girl. They rush to her aid, but the bat has vanished and the girl lies dead...».

Approfondimenti: Movie Review


Conosciuto anche con il titolo: Kronos; Vampire Castle; Capitaine Kronos: Tueur de Vampires; Capitan Kronos: Cazador de Vampiros; Vampyrjaegerne.




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