Film / The Fearless Vampire Killers

"Oy vey, have you got the wrong vampire!"

The Fearless Vampire Killers, or: Pardon Me, But Your Teeth Are in My Neck (universally known in countries outside America as Dance of the Vampires) is a 1967 horror comedy film from director Roman Polanski (who also starred and cowrote the screenplay), which gives a good-natured ribbing to the vampire genre. It is today perhaps best known as the inspiration for Tanz Der Vampire, a Screen-to-Stage Adaptation that is extremely popular in Europe, as well as for being the film which introduced Polanski to his future wife, Sharon Tate.

Sometime in the 19th century, eminent (in his own mind, at least) vampire expert Professor Abronsius (Jack MacGowran) and his bumbling assistant Alfred (Polanski) arrive in the dead of winter at a small Transylvanian village, seeking to track down and kill a nest of vampires that they believe are lurking nearby. Stopping to rest at a local inn, they become convinced that they are on the right track, both by the presence of garlic adorning every available surface, and by the reluctance of the innkeeper Shagal (Alfie Bass) and the rest of the locals to discuss the whereabouts of the nearby castle.

As Professor Abronsius spends his days surreptitiously searching for clues, Alfred meets and falls head-over-heels for Shagal's beautiful daughter Sarah (Tate). He is not the only one who notices her, however, and soon the lord of the local vampire coven, the elegant Count von Krolock (Ferdy Mayne), abducts her to his castle. When Shagal attempts to keep the interlopers out of the matter and rescue his daughter himself, he is quickly turned into a vampire himself. It therefore falls to our two heroes to travel to Castle von Krolock, rescue the fair Sarah, and put the curse of the undead to rest once and for all.

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