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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:
You'll never know what bit you... but you'll love it! See more »
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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Cast

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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:
A musical adaptation of Dance of the Vampires premiered at the Raimund Theater in Vienna, Austria, on October 4, 1997. It was directed by Roman Polanski, and featured music by rock composer Jim Steinman, who is best known for his work with Meat Loaf and Bonnie Tyler.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When the Professor and Alfred attempt to enter the underground crypt of Count Von Krolock, footsteps in the snow appear and disappear.See more »
Quotes:
Alfred, Abronsius' Assistant:Shouldn't we build a barricade?
Professor Abronsius:No, that would be bad tactics.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Frostbitten (2006)See more »

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51 out of 75 people found the following review useful.
what Poland once was, with a smile (revealing fangs), 25 June 2006
Author: (winner55) from United States

Well, what is this movie about? To begin with: although the vampire was best popularized in the modern era by English writers, it is really a myth of Eastern European Roman Catholicism. (I could explain that better - and why the English so well co-opted it - but obviously not here.) This type of Catholicism (which finally produced a Pope in John Paul II) now only thrives (and none too well) in Poland - Polanski's home country. During the Second World War, Poland was utterly decimated. First, a large portion of its wealthiest citizens, who happened to be Jewish, were exterminated. The Polish catholics themselves were split radically between anti-semitic nationalists (who also, mistakenly, thought the Nazis would save them from the Russians) and pro-Communists who, mistakenly, thought the Russians would save them from the Nazis. Obviously, this was a no-win situation for the Poles. And yet the first cinematic impression of this disaster arrived in the form of - a comedy - Ernst Lubitsch's "To Be Or Not To Be" (later remade by Mel Brooks).

Does the reader really need to know all this to appreciate this movie? actually, yes. This film is laughter at death's door. The funniest and most memorable line in the film is from the Jewish vampire, responding to a threatened crucifix: "Oy vey, have you got the wrong vampire!" Funny? - Hilarious. Unfortunately, if this Vampire had any grandchildren, they all died in Auschwitz.

Why am I playing such a heavy hand here? Because this really is a great horror-comedy, far better and far more important than the studio hacks at MGM who released this film (after chopping it up) could ever have understood.

There is unfortunately no rumor that there's a director's cut in the vaults; it is well to remember that Polanski nearly disowned this film on release, and really only reclaimed it after the brutal slaying of his wife, who plays such an important role in the film.

But even as shredded as it is (pay especially close attention to the discontinuities involving the Professor), this is still marvelously written, directed, and photographed - truly frightening at moments, utterly hilarious at others, but always grounded in a particularly Polish sensibility which is now, alas, a thing of the past; - the preservation of a culture that, at its best, was among the best in Europe.

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