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The Fearless Vampire Killers (1967)

Dance of the Vampires (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Horror | 17 November 1967 (Italy)
A noted professor and his dim-witted apprentice fall prey to their inquiring vampires, while on the trail of the ominous damsel in distress.

Director:

Roman Polanski

Writers:

Gérard Brach (story) (as Gerard Brach), Roman Polanski (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jack MacGowran ... Professor Abronsius
Roman Polanski ... Alfred
Alfie Bass ... Shagal, the Inn-Keeper
Jessie Robins Jessie Robins ... Rebecca Shagal
Sharon Tate ... Sarah Shagal
Ferdy Mayne ... Count von Krolock / Narrator
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 Andreas Malandrinos ... Woodcutter
Otto Diamant ... Woodcutter
Matthew Walters Matthew Walters ... Woodcutter
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Vladek Sheybal ... Herbert (voice)
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Storyline

The elderly bat researcher, professor Abronsius and his assistant, Alfred, go to a remote Transylvanian village looking for vampires. Alfred falls in love with the inn-keeper's young daughter Sarah. However, she has been spotted by the mysterious count Krolock who lives in a dark and creepy castle outside the village... Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Trivia

Nicholas Ray visited the set at Roman Polanski's invitation. Ray brought his young assistant, future horror filmmaker Harry Bromley Davenport. See more »

Goofs

When the maid at the inn is scrubbing the floor, she is wearing boots; when the camera angle changes, she's suddenly barefoot. See more »

Quotes

[opening lines]
Narrator: That night, penetrating deep into the heart of Transylvania, Professor Abronsius was unaware that he was on the point of reaching the goal of his mysterious investigations. In the course of which he had journeyed throughout Central Europe for years accompanied by his one and only faithful disciple, Alfred. A scholar and scientist whose genius was unappreciated, Abronsius had given up all to devote himself body and soul to what was to him a sacred mission. He had even lost his ...
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Crazy Credits

Fangs by Dr. Ludwig von Krankheit. See more »

Alternate Versions

The film's original release in the United States was so severely re-edited against Roman Polanski's wishes that he disowned it entirely. See more »

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Referenced in Frightmare (1983) See more »

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Excellent comedy and horror film , compellingly directed by Roman Polanski
29 September 2004 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

The movie centers upon an old man (Jack McGowran) and a young (Roman Polanski) who go to track down a vampire count (Ferdy Mayne) who has abducted a countrywoman (Sharon Tate) and he hides her into his castle.

The film mingles terror , tongue-in-cheek , rip-roaring , humor , action and a lot of amusement . The runtime motion picture is overlong about two hours and some but isn't boring , but entertaining . Actors interpretation is good , Jack McGowran (being deceased after his playing in ¨The Exorcist¨) is riveting as double of Einstein and Roman Polanski as shy and botcher young is cool . Sharon Tate (marriage to Polanski in real life until Charles Manson massacre) is beautiful and wonderful . Producer Martin Ransohoff discovered Sharon Tate and insisted that director Roman Polanski use her instead of Jill St. John who withdrew shortly before shooting as Polanski had planned .

Originally Roman Polanski wanted to shoot his film on location in and around a castle in Switzerland which he saw during a vacation , but as this was impossible, other locations in the Alps were found, along with studio shoots in England . While on location, Polanski employed dozens of local artisans to make the large numbers of coffins needed in the film . Polanski direction is first-class , Christopher Komeda music (being dead at 31 years after he composed ¨Rosemary's baby¨ music) is fascinating . Douglas Slocombe cinematography is atmospheric and colorful with a Hammer-alike photography . Flick will appeal to Polanski buffs and horror/humor enthusiasts. Rating 7/10 . Above average , well worth watching .


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Release Date:

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$2,000,000 (estimated)
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