Proper barricading is always important.

Regardless of your personal feelings towards director Roman Polanski and his penchant for drugs, perversion, and alleged sodomy, one must freely admit that his sadly overlooked 1967 genre spoof The Fearless Vampire Killers (aka Dance of the Vampires) is an incredibly funny albeit severely dated horror/comedy that still doesn't get the attention it rightfully deserves. With nods to such classic gothic horror outings as Vampyr and Nosferatu, Polanski's skillful comedy follows the misadventures of two bumbling vampire hunters -- namely Professor Abronsius and his youthful servant Alfred -- as they attempt to rescue an innkeeper's daughter from the sinister clutches of a smooth blood-sucker by the name of Count Von Krolock. The film itself is gorgeous to look at, punctuated by colorful, inventive set and costume design not unlike those found in most Hammer productions from that era. To keep things interesting, Polanski dances gingerly between chills and chuckles, at time blurring the line to the point where viewers won't know how, exactly, they should react to the events unfolding on-screen. But therein lies the beauty of The Fearless Vampire Killers: it genuinely respects and appreciates both the terror and the laughter. What an amazing concept! One of my absolute favorites.

Recipe For Success: Jack MacGowran's Bumbling Brilliance + An Excellent Blend Of Horror And Comedy + Sharon Tate Singing In A Bathtub

Polanski's Youthful Secrets: Though he doesn't look old enough to vote, Roman Polanski was actually 32 when this film was made.

I guess being a degenerate does have its advantages.

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Karswell said...

My favorite vampire film ever!

November 25, 2008 at 11:10 AM  
elgringo said...

I'm always interested to see what people think of this film because I was pretty impressed by certain aspects of The Fearless Vampire Killers when I watched it a few months ago. The cinematography is stunning, so stunning that I'll never make a movie of my own because I know it won't look anything like like this.

December 6, 2008 at 3:30 AM