Long before it even crossed Abraham Lincoln’s mind, Captain Kronos was the go-to guy for Vampire Hunting. In 1974, Hammer was seeking to reinvigorate its flagging box-office, so Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee took a back seat and writer/director Brian Clements (The Avengers) was given the chance to create a fresh new franchise. It didn’t pan out, but there’s enough flash and fun is this rather jolly horror film to make that regrettable. The monogramed K on his clothes ‘stands for Kronos, Captain Kronos, vampire Hunter’ on of the characters explains; played by blonde-haired Horst Janson, he’s a swashbuckling type, riding a black horse with flesh coloured-trousers on, powering his way across the countryside followed by hunchbacked assistant Professor Grost (John Cater) and his carriage, drawn by two white horses. Add Caroline Munro as a woman rescued from the stocks by Kronos, angered by her punishment for ‘dancing on Sunday’ and Clements has quite a team to play with. The vampires are also originally rendered; they drain the youth rather than the blood from their victims. There’s great remake potential here, but for now, Captain Kronos is well worth hunting out.