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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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Director:
Writers:
Gérard Brach (story) &
Roman Polanski (story)
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Release Date:
17 November 1967 (Italy) 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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Awards:
1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
One of the all-time great horror spoofs See more (132 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)

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)
 
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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Language:
Color:
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 | 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)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The murals in Count Krolock's hall show motifs of Peter Brueghel the elder's "Triumph of Death" (c. 1562).See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: After Alfred and the professor have escaped the tower, they walk down a hallway next to the ballroom and approach three vampires that are sitting with their backs to them. The left vampire is wearing a blue coat with spots. and the lady in the middle a cream colored dress. The next shot we get a good view of the dancing in the ballroom itself and the gentleman and the lady are both visible in the foreground of this shot. The lady sitting just in frame at total left, and the gentleman standing in the foreground totally right of the screen. The next shot we again see them sitting together with a third vampire in the hallway.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.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Hard Ride to Hell (2010) (V)See more »

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41 out of 56 people found the following review useful.
One of the all-time great horror spoofs, 24 June 2000
Author: (stew100@accesspro.net) from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

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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