Tuesday, October 29, 2013

31 Days of Halloween - Day 29 - Movie 1

A bunch of young women are suddenly dropping dead of old age, the victims of a life force draining vampire. To the rescue comes dashing Captain Kronos (Horst Janson) with his assistants John Cater and Caroline Munro, professional vampire hunters.

I've long been fond of Captain Kronos - Vampire Hunter (1974). This was a very different, swashbuckling, vampire hunter, and even the vampires here were not the typical Hammer vampires, draining their victims of their youth instead of blood, though it's made clear here that there are many different species of vampire in existence. Sadly, this never became a franchise. The movie does have some flaws to it, including scenes, such as the bar fight, that don't serve enough purpose for the amount of screen time devoted to them, and our heroes spend too much time preparing to face the vampires and narrowly missing encountering them, which makes this more of an inaction movie than the action movie it's meant to be. Still there's a lot of fun to be found here, and some interesting procedural vampire detecting scenes.

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