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The Fearless Vampire Killers (1967)


Average Rating: 6.2/10
Reviews Counted: 29
Fresh: 19 | Rotten: 10

Critics Consensus: This uneven but amiable 1967 vampire picture is part horror spoof, part central European epic, and 100 percent Roman Polanski, whose signature sensibility colors every frame.

Average Rating: 4.4/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 3

Critics Consensus: This uneven but amiable 1967 vampire picture is part horror spoof, part central European epic, and 100 percent Roman Polanski, whose signature sensibility colors every frame.


Average Rating: 3.7/5
User Ratings: 11,787



Movie Info

A pair of bumbling vampire-hunters attempts to destroy an undead nobleman and his cronies and rescue a buxom maiden in actor/director Roman Polanski's playful update of the venerable vampire genre. Bat expert and vampire obsessive Professor Abronsius (Jack MacGowran) barely survives his journey through the Alps into snowy Slovenia to continue his oft-maligned research into the undead. Thawed out by his hapless assistant, Alfred (Polanski), and the frisky local innkeeper, Shagal (Alfie Bass), … More

Horror , Art House & International , Comedy
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In Theaters:
Oct 5, 2004



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Critic Reviews for The Fearless Vampire Killers

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (19) | Rotten (10) | DVD (11)

Ferdy Mayne is the menacing Dracula, and Sharon Tate, lady in question, looks particularly nice in her bath.

Full Review… | October 19, 2009
Top Critic

The film amiably runs through all the standbys associated with vampire movies, putting a personal and goofy spin on most of them.

Full Review… | October 19, 2009
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Nobody laughed.

Full Review… | June 18, 2009
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Messy vampire spoof-cum-homage to Hammer, which doesn't really come off on either count.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

He was evidently only trying to make fun of horror films, forgetting that horror films, played straight, are now more often funny -- unconsciously to -- than horrible.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Shot in the Italian Alps, the cinematography is striking.

Full Review… | October 19, 2009
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Funny and scary, this is vintage Polanski.

Full Review… | October 19, 2009
Empire Magazine

Infectiously silly vampire farce that's a lot more elegant than it had to be.

Full Review… | April 9, 2007

Has its few garlicky moments of delight.

Full Review… | October 14, 2005
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Early Polanski is a treat.

April 15, 2005
Nolan's Pop Culture Review

An elaborate letdown.

December 16, 2004

Polanski rarely indulged in his taste for overwrought slapstick, but here it is.

Full Review… | November 1, 2004
Combustible Celluloid

Really not as bad as the title; it IS Polanski

October 23, 2004
Kansas City Kansan

Sporadically inspired.

Full Review… | April 9, 2004

Macabre, jet-black comedy with Polanski's unique sensibility in evidence in abundance.

March 17, 2004
F5 (Wichita, KS)

Alternando momentos de humor com outros mais tensos, esta paródia das produções da Hammer conta com ótima direção de arte, excepcional trilha sonora de Komeda, a beleza de Tate, o assustador vampiro de Mayne e direção surpreendente de Polanski.

July 29, 2003
Cinema em Cena

Benefiting from Polanski's skewed vision, the film takes on a quality of comic weirdness rarely present in Hammer's contemporary output.

Full Review… | May 24, 2003

A moon-drenched eastern European fairy tale perfectly rendered onto film.

Full Review… | November 5, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

An affectionate parody of the Hammer horror films we all know and love from late-night TV.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Edinburgh U Film Society

redeemed by the movie's macabre silliness and folkloric atmosphere

Full Review… | January 1, 2000

Audience Reviews for The Fearless Vampire Killers


Polanski's vampire comedy is hilarious and cute. Polanski plays the sidekick in the movie, and he's a really good actor too. I really liked this movie, he has such a cool style and the story and characters are so funny. If you love vampire movies I highly recommend this one.

AJ Verser

Super Reviewer

I really don't understand why Roman Polanski ever decided to make a vampire movie in this fashion. You'd think that with all of his mastery in suspense, he would produce a truly terrifying film. However, the result is little more than cheap physical comedy and corny dialogue. I would say that I blame that more on the writing, but it's not excusable from such an amazing director. Truly my least favorite Polanski film.

Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer


The comedy here seems to be more farce than humour (personally I didn't find it funny) but you can see which staples of the vampire film has been subverted or used for farce, especially if you've seen a lot of old horror films. The way it is shot also contributes to this.

Kylie B

Super Reviewer

Imagine a Hammer Horror version of Scooby Doo written & Directed by Roman Polanski

Did I mention Sharon Tate?


Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

The Fearless Vampire Killers Quotes

Shagal: [a young woman tries to fend off Shagail, a Jewish Vampire, with a cross] Oy vey, have you got the wrong vampire.
– Submitted by Francis L (2 years ago)

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