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Director:
Writers:
Gérard Brach (story) &
Roman Polanski (story)
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Release Date:
June 1967 (UK) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Who says Vampires are no laughing matter?
Plot:
A noted professor and his dim-witted apprentice fall prey to their inquiring vampires, while on the trail of the ominous damsel in distress. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
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Great horror/comedy See more (131 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jack MacGowran ... Professor Abronsius

Roman Polanski ... Alfred, Abronsius' Assistant
Alfie Bass ... Shagal, the Inn-Keeper
Jessie Robins ... Rebecca Shagal

Sharon Tate ... Sarah Shagal
Ferdy Mayne ... Count von Krolock
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 ... Woodcutter
Otto Diamant ... Woodcutter
Matthew Walters ... Woodcutter
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Vladek Sheybal ... Herbert (voice)
Roy Evans ... Vampire at Ball (uncredited)
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Directed by
Roman Polanski 
 
Writing credits
Gérard Brach (story and screenplay) &
Roman Polanski (story and screenplay)

Produced by
Gene Gutowski .... producer
Martin Ransohoff .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Krzysztof Komeda  (as Christopher Komeda)
 
Cinematography by
Douglas Slocombe 
 
Film Editing by
Alastair McIntyre 
 
Production Design by
Wilfred Shingleton  (as Wilfrid Shingleton)
 
Art Direction by
Fred Carter 
 
Costume Design by
Sophie Devine 
 
Makeup Department
Biddy Chrystal .... hair stylist
Tom Smith .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
David W. Orton .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Roy Stevens .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Clément Hurel .... poster artist (uncredited)
Paolo Rocco Innamorato .... first assistant art director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Lionel Selwyn .... sound editor
Len Shilton .... dubbing mixer
George Stephenson .... sound recordist
 
Visual Effects by
Doug Ferris .... matte supervisor (uncredited)
Peter Melrose .... matte artist (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Hans Mollinger .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Chic Waterson .... camera operator
Dennis Fraser .... grip (uncredited)
 
Other crew
André François .... title designer
Tutte Lemkow .... choreographer
Gillian Sutro .... translator
John Sutro .... translator
Ludwig Von Krankheit .... fangs (as Dr. Ludwig Von Krankheit)
Helen Whitson .... continuity
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Dance of the Vampires" - USA (original title)
"The Fearless Vampire Killers or: Pardon Me, But Your Teeth Are in My Neck" - USA (subtitle)
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Runtime:
108 min | USA:91 min
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Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Brazil:Livre | Canada:G (Quebec) | Finland:K-16 | France:-12 | Germany:12 | Germany:12 (DVD rating) | Iceland:12 | Netherlands:12 | Norway:16 (1968) | Singapore:PG | Sweden:15 | Switzerland:10 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:10 (canton of Vaud) | UK:12 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:15 (video rating) | USA:Unrated | West Germany:16 (nf) (original rating) | West Germany:12 (w) (f) (re-rating)

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Trivia:
Producer Martin Ransohoff discovered Sharon Tate on the set of "The Beverly Hillbillies" (1962), and insisted that director Roman Polanski use her instead of Jill St. John (who withdrew shortly before shooting) as Polanski had planned.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When the three escape from the dance, they come across bats hanging from the ceiling and the Professor starts studying them. When Alfred pulls him, the Professor stumbles across rocks on the ground which are obviously much lighter than real rocks would be.See more »
Quotes:
[last lines]
Narrator:That night, fleeing from Transylvania, Professor Abronsius never guessed he was carrying away with him the very evil he had wished to destroy. Thanks to him, this evil would at last be able to spread across the world.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Bordello of Blood (1996)See more »

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11 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Great horror/comedy, 11 July 2002
Author: haristas from USA

I love Roman Polanski's "The Fearless Vampire Killers," which is surprising to me now because for most of my life I thought it was dreadful. I missed the original release back in 1967, but I was only eight years old then, and the version released in the U.S. was a truncated travesty of what Polanski intended. I've read that the movie was considered an almost complete fiasco because the executive producer, Martin Ransohoff, best known for "The Beverly Hillbillies," wanted a very different film and cut 16 minutes out of Polanski's 107 minute cut, inserted a short cartoon before the titles (so people would know it was supposed to be a comedy; Ransohoff thought Polanski botched it that badly), and even re-dubbed some of the actors. He also added the awful tag line to the title, "Or, Pardon Me, But Your Teeth Are in My Neck." This must have been the version I saw on TV in the early seventies and thought so terrible. Thankfully this abomination doesn't seem to be in circulation anymore. However, despite its flaws "The Fearless Vampire Killers" gained a cult following over the years, to a degree due to the morbid fascination with the murder of Sharon Tate, but also because the movie is really very good. Paramount's Robert Evans recognized this back in '67 and thought Polanski the right director for "Rosemary's Baby." He was right and the success of that film showed Hollywood what a master of the language of film Polanski is.

In 1983 MGM/UA Home Video released Polanski's original cut on cassette and on laserdisc (remember those?). On laserdisc it was letterboxed so you could enjoy the full Panavision frame, and included the alternate main title sequences from the bastardized version as an extra. For some reason, though I wasn't a fan of the film, I thought this was a disc I had to get, but after I first viewed it I wondered if I hadn't wasted my money. I still couldn't see what was so great about it. However, I didn't get rid of the disc and over the past nine years I've viewed the movie several times. I can't remember when I started to appreciate it, but now "The Fearless Vampire Killers" is one of my favorite movies.

Right from the main title sequence this film is really quite wonderful. Christopher Komeda's score is weird and haunting. The day-for-night shots of the snowy countryside are a bit distracting, but kind of fit the fairy tale quality of the film's isolated, late 19th century Transylvanian winter never land. The movie is extremely well-mounted with wonderful sets, especially the vampires' castle. All the performances are excellent. Jack MacGowran's Professor Abronsius is an absolutely incredible characterization, unlike anything else MacGowran ever did on film. The same is true of Alfie Bass' Yoine Shagal, possibly the world's first Jewish vampire, and a terrible lecher. Sharon Tate was probably never lovelier than in this movie, and Roman Polanski is very good as Alfred, in fact amazing when you consider he was also directing. It is a tour de force on his part. Finally, Ferdy Mayne's Count Von Krolock is a king vampire equal to any screen Dracula, while Iain Quarrier is also appropriately creepy as his gay vampire son, Herbert.

Like the drinking of blood (I would imagine!), appreciation of "The Fearless Vampire Killers" is very much an acquired taste. I don't know what to say to those that don't like it except, Why don't you try watching it again? It might grow on you as it did me. This movie also has one of the best one-sheet posters from the sixties, with art by Frank Frazetta. I hope this movie comes to DVD soon, especially with commentary by Polanski, but I've read that MGM considers the elements in need of restoration, so it may be a while. However, it should look great when it does get to DVD. I can't wait.

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