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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. Read critic reviews

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Vampire hunter Professor Abronsius (Jack MacGowran) and his faithful assistant, Alfred (Roman Polanski), are traveling across Transylvania when they stop to rest at a suspicious-looking inn. That night, they witness the innkeeper's daughter, Sarah (Sharon Tate), being whisked away by Count von Krolock (Ferdy Mayne), an obvious vampire, and pursue him to his nearby castle. They break in, only to be invited to stay by the unfazed count, and plot to rescue Sarah and destroy their murderous host.

Cast & Crew

Jack MacGowran
Professor Abronsius
Roman Polanski
Alfred, Abronsius' Assistant
Sharon Tate
Sarah Shagal
Jessie Robins
Rebecca Shagal
Alfie Bass
Shagal, the Inn-Keeper
Ferdy Mayne
Count von Krolock
Iain Quarrier
Herbert von Krolock
Terry Downes
Koukol, the Servant
Fiona Lewis
Magda, the Maid
Ronald Lacey
Village Idiot
Sydney Bromley
Sleigh Driver
Otto Diamant
Woodcutter
Gérard Brach
Screenwriter
Roman Polanski
Screenwriter
Martin Ransohoff
Executive Producer
Krzysztof Komeda
Original Music
Douglas Slocombe
Cinematographer
Wilfred Shingleton
Production Design
Fred Carter
Art Direction
Sophie Devine
Costume Designer
Biddy Chrystal
Hair Stylist
Tom Smith
Makeup Artist
David W. Orton
Production Manager
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Critic Reviews for The Fearless Vampire Killers or: Pardon Me, but Your Teeth Are in My Neck

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  • Mar 28, 2012
    First off Polanski is my favorite director yes three movies in my top 10 but this would not even come close to one of his great works. . I heard some critics say it's the perfect mix of comedy and horror, but really it's not either one if you want a vampire movie that has that perfect mix watch the original fright night. Now it wasn't completely dull yes I did laugh a lot at the beginning, but then It just went down. mainly because since you didn't care about the characters at all it was very hard to get into the story. This is definitely my least favorite Polanski film
    Daniel D Super Reviewer
  • Aug 30, 2011
    Here's Polanski's take on classic vampire films with grains of gags and snow. The problem with this movie is very simple: it's uneven in trying to be a comedy and a Hammer homage; the comedy doesn't work; the homage to classic vampire movies only works, essentially, because of the scenery. I don't know what Polanski's intentions were but something was lost during filming because the end result is an unsatisfying, dull, and superfluous ninety minutes.
    Jonny B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 05, 2010
    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
  • Jan 01, 2010
    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 R Super Reviewer

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