Fearless Vampire Killers

Directed By: Roman Polanski Starring: Jack MacGowran

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The old bat researcher, professor abronsius and his assistant, alfred, go to a remote transylvanian village looking for vampires.


Studio Warner
SKU 40249743
UPC 012569514621
UPC 14 00012569514621
Format DVD
Release Date 9/13/2005
Rating NR
Cult Film
Essential Cinema
Kidnapping And Missing Persons
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Following the success of REPULSION, THE FEARLESS VAMPIRE KILLERS was Roman Polanski's first big-budget film, a noticeably more upscale and lavish production than any of his previous offerings. Professor Ambronsius (Jack MacGowran), an eccentric old academic specializing in the study of bats, and his bumbling but well-meaning assistant, Alfred (brilliantly played by Polanski himself), travel to a small village in snowbound Transylvania (actually, filming took place in the Italian Alps) that has been plagued by a clan of local vampires. After innkeeper Shagal's comely daughter, Sarah (Sharon Tate), is abducted by Count Von Krolock (Ferdy Mayne), Ambronsius and Alfred venture out to the count's castle to rid the area of its bloodsucking parasites once and for all--a dangerous undertaking indeed, especially since it soon becomes apparent that traditional weapons against the undead are not quite as effective as folklore would have one believe and that attractive young maidens are not the only ones in danger of becoming victims of a vampire' uninvited advances. One of Polanski's most impressive achievements in FEARLESS VAMPIRE KILLERS is presenting viewers with a perfectly executed horror-parody while at the same time maintaining a consistent underlying sense of dread.
Plot Summary
Summary In this send-up of Dracula films, a professor and his assistant go to central Europe in search of vampires that terrorize the residents of Slovenia. They meet Count Dracula, who is using an alias, and witness the legions of vampires rising from their coffins. They escape but bring along a girl who has been attacked--and who continues to spread the curse.
USA Today "...[With] authentic mood, production design and Christopher Komeda's superb musical score..." 07/09/1993 p.8D
Premiere "[With] very eccentric charm." 11/01/2004 p.101
Uncut "[A] delightful oddity. There's a dream-like, gothic quality to it..." 11/01/2004 p.158
Sight and Sound "[H]andsomely shot and designed..." 02/01/2005 p.83
Roman Polanski
Jack MacGowran
Cast & Crew
Alfie Bass - Actor
Alistair McIntyre - Editor
Douglas Slocombe - Cinematographer
Gene Gutowski - Producer
Gerard Brach - Writer
Jack MacGowran - Actor
Jessie Robbins - Actor
Martin Ransohoff - Executive Producer
Roman Polanski - Actor
Roman Polanski - Director
Sharon Tate - Actor
Wilfred Shingleton - Production Designer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1967
Catalog ID 65146
UPC 00012569514621
Number of Discs 1
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
DVD, Widescreen, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Actor Polanski,Roman
Label Warner Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD

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