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The Fearless Vampire Killers -- An expert on bats, Professor Abronsius and his dim witted assistant,Alfred,travel to Transylvania to try to find and destroy vampires.


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Gérard Brach (story) &
Roman Polanski (story)
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Release Date:
17 November 1967 (Italy) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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My Favorite Parody of Vampire Movies See more (134 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jack MacGowran ... Professor Abronsius
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:

Roman Polanski ... Alfred
Vladek Sheybal ... Herbert (voice)
Roy Evans ... Vampire at Ball (uncredited)

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
Frank Frazetta .... poster artist (uncredited)
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)
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
Crew verified as complete

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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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108 min | USA:91 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Australia:PG | Brazil:Livre | Canada:G (Quebec) | Finland:K-16 | France:-12 | Germany:12 | Germany:12 (DVD rating) | Iceland:12 | Netherlands:12 | Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1968) | 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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Amongst the ancestral portraits in the castle is a depiction of an ugly old woman inspired by a sketch of 'Leonardo da Vinci' and since the 18th century frequently connected with Margarete Maultasch, countess of Tyrol (1318-1369).See more »
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 »
Sarah Shagal:I got into the habit of it at school. It's funny Papa. You can't just change your habits in a couple of months, can you? Besides, it's good for your health. Once a day is the very least. Don't you agree?
Alfred, Abronsius' Assistant:[laughs nervously] Yes.
Sarah Shagal:Do you mind if I have a quick one?
Alfred, Abronsius' Assistant:Huh?
Alfred, Abronsius' Assistant:[Thinks she means something else]
Alfred, Abronsius' Assistant:I don't mind at all, but...
Sarah Shagal:Oh, thank you! You are being very nice. Now could you get me some hot water?
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11 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
My Favorite Parody of Vampire Movies, 20 September 2009
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The famous Professor Abronsius (Jack MacGowran) and his clumsy assistant Alfred (Roman Polanski) travel to the remote Transylvania to research vampires. They are hosted in an inn by Shagal (Alfie Bass) and sooner the shy Alfred falls in love for the inn-keeper's red-haired daughter Sarah (Sharon Tate). When Sarah is abducted by the mysterious Count von Krolock (Ferdy Mayne), Professor Abronsius and Alfred head to his creepy castle. The duo of scientists are welcomed by the count and his gay son Herbert (Iain Quarrier) and invited to a vampire ball late night.

"Dance of the Vampires" is my favorite parody of vampire movies ever. The first time I saw it on the 60's or 70's, I felt in love for Sharon Tate and for this movie. I have watched "Dance of the Vampires" many times, and the last time was on 08 June 2003, when I voted ten (10) in IMDb. Yesterday I saw "Dance of the Vampire" again, and now I found it a little dated but still excellent. The beauty of Sharon Tate is still very impressive and very few actresses in cinema history are as beautiful as she. Roman Polanski performing an awkward assistant; Jack MacGowran in the role of the dedicated professor that accidentally "spread the evil around the world"; Alfie Bass in the role of the wolf inn-keeper Shagal; Terry Downes and his unforgettable servant Koukol; Ian Quarries and his performance as Herbert, the gay vampire-son of the count; and Ferdy Mayne in the role of the creepy Count von Krolock, all of them are still awesome in their stunning performances. From the arrival of the frozen professor to the village to the departure of the same professor bringing two vampires in his sleigh, there are many hilarious and unforgettable scenes. My vote is nine.

Title (Brazil): "A Dança dos Vampiros" ("The Dance of the Vampires")

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