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Fearless Vampire Killers [DVD] [1967] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Jack MacGowran , Roman Polanski , Roman Polanski    DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jack MacGowran, Roman Polanski, Alfie Bass, Jessie Robins, Sharon Tate
  • Directors: Roman Polanski
  • Writers: Roman Polanski, Gérard Brach
  • Producers: Gene Gutowski, Martin Ransohoff
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Colour, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Oct 2004
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002KQNJU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 70,158 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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90 of 93 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Polanski Classic 21 Oct 2004
This is one of Polanski's less appreciated efforts, and is often dismissed as a mere "horror spoof" , but it is a far more valuable film than that. I've watched a lot of movies in the horror genre and this is an outstanding example of its type, managing to be a near perfect blend of fairy tale, horror and comedy.
The plot is quite a simple and familiar one... a couple of travellers arrive at a remote Transylvannian inn and immediately suspect that all is not well...indeed, this being Professor Abronsius and his devoted sidekick Alfred they are hoping that all is not well. Straight away vampiric activity commences and Abronsius and Alfred leap into what they consider to be "action".
The hapless pair find their way to an absurdly remote and snowbound castle where the local Count and his son live in ragged and faded splendour. Needless to say, both of them avoid the sunlight....
The eccentric Abronsius, an expert in vampirology (although a generally unappreciated one) is marvellously played by Jack MacGowran, whilst his mild mannered assistant is equally well portrayed by Roman Polanski himself. They are very ably assisted by Alfie Bass as the Jewish inkeeper, the ill-fated
Sharon Tate as his vampire-bait daughter, Ferdy Mayne as the Count, Iain Quarrier as his son and Terry Downes as the brutish and mandatory hunchbacked sidekick. In less talented acting hands the film could have had problems, but all of the main characters and the supporting cast (including Ronald Lacey as the
village idiot) are excellent and carry off the plot comsumately.
Visually, the film is stunning. The snow-covered landscape manages to be convincing, yet has a fairy-tale beauty about it whilst the castle and its grounds do nothing to detract from the other-worldy atmosphere.
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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Dance of the Vampires 19 Jan 2005
By Mark L
Right from the opening credits, this film perfectly captures the atmosphere of a snow- covered Transylvania, plagued by the sinister menace of an evil that the locals would rather keep under wraps. When the hapless Alfred (Roman Polanski) and his master Professor Abronsius (Jack MacGowran) arrive at an inn for the night, they stumble upon a community reluctant to discuss their embarrassing secret. The obvious clues, however, give the game away as to who, or more accurately, what, might be at large. "What is all the garlic doing here?" asks a suspicious Professor Abronsius, followed by the next obvious (to a vampire hunter) question; "Is there a castle in the district?" The exaggeratedly Jewish local innkeeper Shagal (played brilliantly by Alfie Bass) does his best to feign ignorance, as nearly all of the villagers clam up tight, but the game is afoot.
Add to the recipe the beautiful innkeeper's daughter (the simply lovely Sharon Tate) with whom Alfred falls instantly in love, and the scene is set for a wonderful tale of good over evil in the twilight world of the un-dead.
The thread of humour, horror and besotted love weaves it's way seamlessly to the climax of the film, the Vampire's Ball. There are many subtle jokes along the way, as well as some very obvious slapstick, but the lair of the vampires is truly menacing and with a haunting score to emphasise the plot, this film simply works on many levels.
It is a shame the film is generally hailed as a spoof, not helped by it's overly-complicated American title (The British title, "Dance of the Vampires", was far more fitting I think), because it is a cult classic if ever there was one.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
How does that line go, "imitation is the sincerest form of flattery"?

Well, much like the Dukes of Stratosphear's loving imitations of British Psychedelia on the equally enthralling '25 o' clock' album, Polanski's love letter to Hammer 'Dance of the Vampires' (US; 'Fearless Vampire Killers'), almost outdoes that which it is parodying.
The film immediately evokes the correct mood with the superb music of Kristof Komeda (a good friend of Polanski's, who would go on to record the soundtrack to 'Rosemary's Baby') and the superb exterior shots of the Alps-this is a fairy tale for sure, but it's one with a dark undercurrent.
the story rolls along fairly conventional vampiric lines, the superstitious villagers, the castle no one wants to talk about, the esteemed professor/vampire hunter Abronsius (Jack MacGrowan)...and Alfred, his side kick (Polanski himself); the charms of this film however, are in the details. There are twists to the conventions; Alfie Bass as Jewish inn keeper (which leads to interesting problems for our vampire hunters when he eventually joins the Undead), the Count's gay vampire son (cinema's first?) and the twist in the tail ending (more of that later).
But one of the greatest things I can say about this film is how it looks- the scenery is breathtaking and the sets are fantastic (i'm sure Hammer would have given anything to have such lavish creations)- production designed by Wilfrid Singleton and lensed by Douglas Slocombe, they manage to evoke a mittel-Europe that both enchants and chills in equal measures (the section where Polanski and MacGrowan follow the Count's hunchbacked henchman {Terry Downes} to the castle is like a sinister re-shoot of the Alpine scene in the Beatles movie 'HELP!').
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
very happy with the product, very fast delivery, and great deal for money well worth it... thank you very much and its a big thumbs up from me
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