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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:
Dance with Vampires! See more (133 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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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)

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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:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When the Professor first enters Count von Krolock's library, he puts his spectacles on at the tip of his nose, so that he can read some of the books' titles. He nevertheless looks right above his glasses, thus making no use of them.See more »
Quotes:
Count Von Krolock:I am a night bird. I am not much good in the daytime.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Dracula: The True Story (1997) (TV)See more »

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33 out of 43 people found the following review useful.
Dance with Vampires!, 3 June 2002
Author: marisol

The title "fearless vampire killers" it's not so good as "Dance of the Vampires",outside U.S. this is the original title

I always will remember this film as "Dance of the Vampires" ALSO,CONGRATULATIONS to Mr Polanski for the Palme D' Or, he deserves it(without him just cinema "boring")

I enjoyed poetic scenes such as like moment in Sarah's bath comparing the textures of first soap bubbles, then falling snowflakes, and finally crimson blood. when Alfred(Polanski) carries his master across the castle battlements remind me of Polanski early short films. Krystov Komeda's music has been acclaimed as "the most innovative and haunting score ever devised for a horror movie" by the heavyweight Aurum Film Encyclopedia. Krystof Komeda's wondrous music, with its weird choral effects and little melodies Komeda's score communicates the Kafka-like isolation of the setting and the characters

Polanski chose some of the finest English cinema craft artists to work on the film: cameraman Douglas Slocombe, production designer Wilfrid Shingleton Polanski engaged noted choreographer Tutte Lemkow, who played the actual Fiddler in FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, for the film's climactic Danse Macabre minuet.

Sharon Tate as Sarah was delightful(we should remember her in a good way,as a decent actress and person,her scene with Polanski is really cool ,especially "the bite scene") Jack MacGowran as Professor Abronsius is just great Polanski's films often deal in contrasts of master and servant, the empowered and the powerless. The supposedly benign Abronsius bullies Alfred for his own purposes, just as the vampires consider all of humankind a resource to be harvested.

The character called Shagal got the best lines in the movie,when A woman thrusts a crucifix in his face, only for Shagal - a Jewish rather than a Christian vampire - to go "Oy-yoy! You got the wrong vampire" and bite her anyway Count Von Krolock (Ferdy Mayne, who plays the Count)he looks really as a Nosferatu or a man that needs Transfusion!.

Also funny is Herbert, the openly gay vampire who is interested in Alfred rather than Sara, the sexual deviations implicit in early Hammer films like The Brides of Dracula (1960) and Kiss of the Vampire (1964) are brought out. Hammer would increasingly exploit this in their lesbian

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