The Last Horror Film 1982 ***


Joe Spinell was a tough looking NYC resident who turned up in films like The Godfather Part II and Taxi Driver. He clearly had ambition to spare, starring in The Last Horror Film, as well as using his own apartment and mother to create a deeply personal film. Spinell plays Vinny, a cab driver with aspirations to direct; he heads to the Cannes film festival where he stalks star Jana Bates (Caroline Munro). But when Jana’s workmates start getting murdered in grisly ways, suspicion falls on Vinny. The Last Horror film has a positively Warholian twist on the slasher genre, with numerous film-within-a film switches. It also makes full use of the festival; illicitly filed, David Winters’ film provides a fascinating picture of Cannes in 1981.

Captain Kronos Vampire Hunter 1974 ***


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.