The Fearless Vampire Killers (1967)
"Dance of the Vampires" (original title)

Unrated  |   |  Comedy, Horror  |  17 November 1967 (Italy)
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A noted professor and his dim-witted apprentice fall prey to their inquiring vampires, while on the trail of the ominous damsel in distress.



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Complete credited cast:
Alfie Bass ...
Shagal, the Inn-Keeper
Jessie Robins ...
Rebecca Shagal
Sarah Shagal
Iain Quarrier ...
Herbert von Krolock
Terry Downes ...
Koukol, the Servant
Fiona Lewis ...
Magda, the Maid
Ronald Lacey ...
Village Idiot
Sydney Bromley ...
Sleigh Driver
Andreas Malandrinos ...
Otto Diamant ...
Matthew Walters ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Vladek Sheybal ...
Herbert (voice)


The elderly bat researcher, professor Abronsius and his assistant, Alfred, go to a remote Transylvanian village looking for vampires. Alfred falls in love with the inn-keeper's young daughter Sarah. However, she has been spotted by the mysterious count Krolock who lives in a dark and creepy castle outside the village... Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Comedy | Horror


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Release Date:

17 November 1967 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

The Fearless Vampire Killers  »

Box Office


$2,000,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The murals in Count Krolock's hall show motifs of Peter Brueghel the elder's "Triumph of Death" (c. 1562). See more »


Abronsius and Alfred attempt to enter Count Von Krolock's crypt through an entrance on the ground floor, the crypt itself being located in the cellar. However, when apprehended by Koukol the Hunchback, they decide to go for a window entrance instead. To do this they scale the castle wall and enter a top floor window, with the crypt itself magically relocated to the top floor. See more »


Count Von Krolock: A year ago exactly on this same night we were assembled here in this very room: I your pastor, and you my beloved flock. With hopefulness in my heart I told you then that with Lucifer's aid we might look forward to a more succulent occasion. Cast back your minds. There we were, gathered together, gloomy and despondent, around a single meager woodcutter.
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In the opening credits the MGM-lion transforms into a vampire. See more »


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One of the all-time great horror spoofs
24 June 2000 | by (Ft. Lauderdale, Florida) – See all my reviews

When I first saw this film on TV in the early 70s, I thought it was so cheesy I gave it very little attention. Then in the early 90s it was released on laserdisc in a letterboxed version and I bought it on a lark. After I viewed in the first time I still didn't think much of it and thought maybe I wasted my money. But then, as the years passed, I would look at it every so often and now I love the film. It is an acquired taste. You first have to love vampire films -- the old-fashioned, Gothic kind. Next, you need to appreciate Polanski's style and his understated approach. It's also best to watch this film late at night with the lights off, and especially with a snow storm outside. Give it a chance and this film will creep up on you. Hopefully it will come to DVD soon.

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