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The Fearless Vampire Killers 1967 NR CC

(246) IMDb 7.3/10
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An expert on bats, Professor Abronsius and his dim witted assistant,Alfred,travel to Transylvania to try to find and destroy vampires.

Starring:
Jack MacGowran, Alfie Bass
Runtime:
1 hour, 48 minutes

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Genres Comedy, Horror
Director Roman Polanski
Starring Jack MacGowran, Alfie Bass
Supporting actors Jessie Robins, Sharon Tate, Ferdy Mayne, Iain Quarrier, Terry Downes, Fiona Lewis, Ronald Lacey, Sydney Bromley, Andreas Malandrinos, Otto Diamant, Matthew Walters, Roman Polanski, Vladek Sheybal, Roy Evans
Studio Warner Bros.
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
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66 of 70 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Mc on November 6, 2001
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This film is a pure delight. I recently had the opportunity to see it on the big screen at a local "movie palace" on Halloween, 2001, and it was a wonderful experience.
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.
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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful By vintageboy on October 5, 2004
Format: DVD
My review here is for the DVD and not for the movie, which I think is masterful.

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.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By J. L. Alberti on July 27, 2004
Format: DVD
Speaking only as a fan of this movie and not wanting to get into any technical aspects, this is a very charming movie that really deserves better than it's been treated. While some may deride this as fluff and a showcase for Sharon Tate or, even worse, a mediocre attempt at broad humor by Polanski, it is none of those. It's clever, witty and very dry in it's humor.

"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?
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69 of 82 people found the following review helpful By cookieman108 on September 9, 2005
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I haven't seen all of writer/director/actor/producer Roman Polanski's films, but the ones I have seen have kind of been hit or miss propositions for me. On the one hand I thought Rosemary's Baby (1968) to be a wonderfully creepy film, but on the other The Tenant (1976) while interesting, I thought to be slightly confusing and lacking a strong sense of direction. Chinatown (1974) is acknowledged by many to be a classic (to which I'd agree), while The Ninth Gate (1999) tended to annoy me with a pretentious ambiguity stemming from a European stylization of making a film obtuse and inaccessible to audiences...of course, these are all just my own, personal opinions, which really don't mean squat in the grand scheme of things...at the end of the day one should really draw their own conclusions based on their own, personal experiences. As far as the film The Fearless Vampire Killers or Pardon Me, But Your Teeth Are in My Neck (1967) goes, I enjoyed it as it served to reaffirmed something which I already knew...whether you like Polanski's films or not, his features are so very individualistic, rarely transgressing on each other, displaying his immeasurable talents, vision, and his ability to adapt to a wide range of material. Co-written by Gérard Brach (Repulsion) and Polanski (the latter also directed and starred), the film features performances by Jack MacGowran (Tom Jones, Doctor Zhivago), Alfie Bass (The Lavender Hill Mob), Ferdy Mayne (Where Eagles Dare, The Vampire Lovers), Iain Quarrier (Cul-de-sac), and Sharon Tate (Valley of the Dolls), who would later marry Polanski about a year prior to her murder (and that of their unborn child) at the hands of Charles Manson and his cult followers.Read more ›
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