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

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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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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Alfred, Abronsius' Assistant
Alfie Bass ...
Shagal, the Inn-Keeper
Jessie Robins ...
Rebecca Shagal
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Sarah Shagal
Ferdy Mayne ...
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)
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Storyline

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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vampire | castle | gay | transylvania | bat | See All (76) »

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Comedy | Horror

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17 November 1967 (Italy)  »

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The Fearless Vampire Killers  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Originally Roman Polanski wanted to shoot his film on location in and around a castle in Switzerland which he saw during a vacation, but as this was impossible, other locations in the Alps were found, along with studio shoots in England. While on location, Polanski employed dozens of local artisans to make the large numbers of coffins needed in the film. Unfortunately tourists were rather unnerved by the sight of these, and hotels had to erect signs to assure their guests that the area hadn't been struck by plague. See more »

Goofs

In the GB version, at 52:56 there's a daylight view of sky and mountains with no trees through the castle window as the hunch-back/vampires assistant lays down the coffin. At 53.20, after a cut, but still in real time, the view from the same window is now a night-time one and appears to be somewhat different with higher mountains, trees and no sky. See more »

Quotes

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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Referenced in Hard Ride to Hell (2010) See more »

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User Reviews

 
Dim Alfred, the vampire killer's apprentice has to learn fast if he's going to save the beautiful daughter of the Innkeeper.
24 January 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Brilliant movie - beautifully shot and with Polanski's eye for detail. Very funny/quirky and atmospheric. I loaned it to a work colleague who thought Polanski only made horror films like 'Rosemary's Baby', she was amazed when confronted with this one. She thought it was great. Everyone is always very impressed with the ballroom scene with all the mirrors and the vampires dancing. The colours are fabulous and the outside scenes remind one of s Christmas card. If it's ever on t.v. it's always on around midnight or after, so I had to buy the DVD. Definitely one to watch late at night when you're alone!! It took me years to find it on DVD. I think the one I eventually bought was an import.


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