The Fearless Vampire Killers (1967)



Critic 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.

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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

Rating: G
Genre: Horror, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Gérard Brach
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On DVD: Oct 5, 2004


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as Count Von Krolock

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Critic Reviews for The Fearless Vampire Killers

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (5)

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
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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
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Shot in the Italian Alps, the cinematography is striking.

Full Review… | October 19, 2009
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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 V

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

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