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The Fearless Vampire Killers, or Pardon Me but Your Teeth Are in My Neck
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Who says Vampires are no laughing matter? Director Roman Polanski hilariously spoofs the horror genre with this tale of bumbling vampire hunters and the beautiful young object of their rescue attempts--who is quite happy being undead.]]>
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Polanski's intent was to make a spooky, funny, fairy tale and he fully succeeded. Visually the film is beautiful and magical, full of moon-lit, snow-covered landscapes and spooky sets. The production values are first-rate. The music score by Chrisopher Komeda may be the best ever composed for a horror film. The score is spooky, haunting and tender by turns, full of wailing voices, it sets the mood for the film wonderfully.
The highlight of the film is the ballroom sequence, in which the ghoulish vampires rise from their graves to dance a graceful minuet. This scene is stunning.
Some people may be too jaded and just not cool enough to appreciate this film's unique charm. Too bad for them. Those who are fun-loving, have a bit of innocence and appreciate atmosphere and mood over gore and guts will love the film. The cast is uniformly excellent, especially Jack MacGowran and Polanski as the bumbling vampire hunters. And Sharon Tate is beautiful and funny as the dizzy Sarah.
Polanski's "Vampire Killers" is one of the greatest horror spoofs ever made. Extremely atmospheric and beautifully realized. This much anticipated DVD release of the film, however, should have been much, much better. The film itself is sharp, but the colors are muddy. The previous MGM/UA laserdisc of this title looked good, and I was expecting at least the same degree of quality. I suppose the film must have further deteriorated in the last decade, because many of the shots in this DVD have a bluish tint to them. The main titles flow over a close-up image of the (gray) moon, and look way too dark and blue on this DVD. I've seen this film theatrically (as well as previous video versions) and it looks muddy here. The soundtrack is decent, and not surprisingly, in mono, as released, but even that sounds flatter here then in previous versions. Komeda's lovely score sounds a bit compressed.
As for the bonus material, it's not bad. There is a corny promo for the film, which is silly, but nice to have. The theatrical trailer also looks in good shape. However, the alternate animated opening to the film, which was available on the older laserdisc, is NOT HERE, and that, I find unexcusable.
Overall, a so-so DVD release of a classic film. Hopefully a better release will await in the future.
"Oy, have you got the wrong vampire." Teases Shagal.
As a nine year old, when this was released, I did not get that at all. But later I noticed this type of causual and sardonic humor was peppered throughout the dialog. You just have to catch it. This movie suffers with a cropped version. Every inch of the screen is used here. From the crowd at the Inn to the vampire's ball, you need to see this in it's original format. For years the only available widescreen version has been on laser disc, although a Brazilian DVD has surfaced using the same transfer. Comparing all formats, it's no wonder fans have been screaming for a decent print of this film. Warners has the masters, so they should be releasing a very good looking DVD.
So, a review. A very unique and different vampire movie. Yes, I know, they all say that. But in 1967, it was. Having nothing to do with Dracula, who's story had been flogged to death even back then, or horrible family curses, it showed a completely different history of vampirism. This played on a double bill with "House Of Dark Shadows", which scared me to death, and was a great counterpoint to the serious attitude of the legend. Roman Polanski is a very good actor. His scene with the count's son still kills me to this day. He is also a great director who can work with seasoned actors and get great perfomances from them.
Why is this a cult movie and sometimes panned?Read more ›
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A fun film - much more funny than scary. I originally saw it in black and white but they did a great job adding color to the film.Published 23 days ago by Saarah Kuzay
Roman Polanski did this? Must have been distracted by young ladies. Pretty lame of a movie. Dont waste your time or money unless you cant sleep. Read morePublished 1 month ago by DragonG
My brother(38) really likes this, but I(40) find this incredibly boring!Published 1 month ago by C. Masterson
I missed seeing this movie when it came out. I'm glad I purchased the DVD. It's fantastic! Much better than many of the 'vampire' movies of that era. Great character actors.Published 2 months ago by Harold E. Niver
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