“By the early 1970s, Hammer Film Productions’ flagship Dracula and Frankenstein franchises were suffering from a severe case of enervation—a certain bloodlessness, if you will. One tack taken by Hammer was to open up production facilities to non-studio talent with an eye to providing an infusion of fresh blood. Studio executives approached Brian Clemens and production partner Albert Fennell, who had created several successful British TV programs like Danger Man (known in the US as Secret Agent) and The Avengers. Given more or less free rein on the project, Clemens co-produced, wrote and directed Captain Kronos – Vampire Hunter.”
Read the rest of my essay, which marks my debut on Not Coming to a Theater Near You, here.