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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 and screenplay), Roman Polanski (story and screenplay)
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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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You'll never know what bit you... but you'll love it! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Horror

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 November 1967 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

The Fearless Vampire Killers See more »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The working title of this film was "Your Teeth in My Neck". See more »

Goofs

Abronsius and Alfred attempt to enter Count Von Krolock's crypt through an entrance on the ground floor, the crypt itself being located in the cellar. However, when apprehended by Koukol the Hunchback, they decide to go for a window entrance instead. To do this they scale the castle wall and enter a top floor window, with the crypt itself magically relocated to the top floor. See more »

Quotes

Professor Abronsius: Did you hear how he held is own? On the subject of the bats? Really sound arguments. Not like those morons from Königsberg.
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The events, characters, firms and vampires depicted in this photoplay are fictitious. Any similarity to actual persons living or dead or to actual events is entirely coincidental. See more »

Alternate Versions

For the original UK cinema release heavy cuts were made by the BBFC to the scene of Von Krolock attacking Sarah in her bath in order for the film to receive an 'A' certificate. Later video and DVD releases restored the cuts and were upgraded to '15'. See more »

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Referenced in Fright Night Part 2 (1988) See more »

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Not very funny but it does have Sharon Tate
21 February 2013 | by Red-BarracudaSee all my reviews

Dance of the Vampires isn't a very typical offering from Roman Polanski. This is his first colour feature film and up until this point his films were decidedly left-field and arty. This one is a considerably more commercial offering. It's effectively a parody of the British Hammer horror films that had been very popular up to this point. So its cultural references were fairly mainstream in the 60's. Set in the 19th century, it's about a professor and his assistant who travel to Eastern Europe seeking vampires. Before long they find themselves at the castle of the mysterious Count von Krolock.

The problem I have with this film is fairly straightforward – I don't find it very funny. The humour is very broad and present throughout. It ranges from the clever (a Jewish vampire who is unafraid of a crucifix) to the low-brow (lots of slapstick). It's occasionally amusing but rarely properly funny. So this is a bit of a problem in a film that is first and foremost a comedy. On the plus side it does look pretty, with nice snowbound landscapes and a Gothic castle to look at. The vampire's ball is also very good. But, for me, the single best aspect of Dance of the Vampires is easily Sharon Tate. She is achingly beautiful and provides a very welcome sensuality to proceedings. Her horrible murder two years later at the hands of the Manson Family clearly robbed the film world of someone quite considerable.


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