1972 Captain Kronos Vampire Hunter

Captain Kronos, Vampire Hunter - 1972

A Hammer production 

Copyright MCMLXXII Hammer Film Productions Limited - All rights reserved

MPAA Approved Certificate 

The characters and incidents portrayed and the names used herein are fictitious and any similarity to the name, character, or history of any person is entirely accidental and unintentional 

RCA Sound System 

Made at EMI-MGM Eillree Studios, Boreham Wood, Hertfordshire, England 

Processed by Humphries Laboratories 91 mins 


Fearless hero Captain Kronos has dedicated his life to the destruction of vampires after his mother and father were afflicted by the curse and he was forced to destroy them both. Together with his faithful hunchback assistant Grost, he rides into the village of Durward. His arrival is timely, for beautiful young girls have been dying there recently - dying of old age, their youth and beauty sucked from their bodies! Kronos's search leads him to the Durward family itself, which holds a terrible secret.....

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Production Supervisor Roy Skeggs
Designer Robert Jones
Editor James Needs
Production Manager Richard Dalton
Assistant Director David Tringham
Sound Recordist Jim Willis
Sound Editor Peter Lennard
Continuity June Randall
Make-up Jim Evans
Hairdressing Barbara Ritchie
Wardrobe Supervisor Dulcie Midwinter
Assistant Art Director Kenneth McCallum Tait
Casting Director James Liggat
Fight Arranger William Hobbs
Dubbing Mixer Bill Rowe
Recording Director A.W. Lumkin
Camera Operator Godfrey Godar
Director of Photography Ian Wilson
Music by Laurie Johnson
Musical Supervisor Philip Martell
Produced by Albert Fennell and Brian Clemens
Written and Directed by Brian Clemens


Captain Kronos Horst Janson
Dr Marcus John Carson
Professor Hieronymous Grost John Cater
Paul Durward Shane Briant
Carla Caroline Munro
Kerro (Guest Star) Ian Hendry
Lady Durward (Guest Star) Wanda Ventham
Sara Durward Lois Diane
Hagen William Hobbs
Tom Terence Sewards
Deke Trevor Lawrence
Barlow Perry Soblosky
Isabella Sorell Susanna East
Barton Sorell Stafford Gordon
George Sorell Brian Tully
Myra Joanna Ross
Ann Sorell Elizabeth Bear
Vanda Sorell Lisa Collinson
Pointer Robert James
Giles Paul Greenwood
Barman John Hollis
Priest Neil Seiler
Lillian Olgar Anthony
Blind Girl Gigi Gurpinar
Big Man Peter Davidson
Barmaid Jacqui Cook
Whore Penny Price


As well as financing problems, Hammer now began to have distribution difficulties and this film was scarcely shown in cinemas at all, eventually escaping to very limited showings in 1974; which is a shame, because it is one of the best and most original of their later films, with fine production values and a witty sense of humour. Its lack of distribution soon quashed hopes that "Kronos" would develop into a television series.
 Horst Janson's voice was dubbed by actor Julian Holloway, one of the regulars of the "Carry On" supporting cast.
 To compose the music, Albert Fennell and Brian Clemens brought in Laurie Johnson, who had written the memorable theme for ABC TV's "The Avengers", which they had produced.
 Also from "The Avengers", the role of Kerro was given to Ian Hendry, who had been one of the original stars of the series. He was by this time already suffering from the alcohol-related problems which would later kill him.

Details were complied viewing the actual film. 
Source of viewing copy - The Hammer Graveyard Collection