Fearless Vampire Killers... on DVD

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In the tradition of old-school capers and sleuths let me present to you a chestnut from 1967- Roman Polanski’s The Fearless Vampire Killers, Or Pardon Me But Your Teeth Are In My Neck. Professor Abronsius and his bumbling Assistant Alfred (played by Roman Polanski himself) are off to a remote Transylvanian village to prove their theory that vampires really exist. Soon Alfred falls for the innkeeper’s daughter Sarah (played by Sharon Tate), who of course ends up being kidnapped by a vampire count. (The film marks the beginning of the real-life Polanski-Tate romance.) Abronsius and Alfred set off to rescue her and prove their theory at the same time. In doing so… they move into the count’s castle, freeze up when trying to kill him, chase vampires on skis, lose the cherished suitcase containing their supply of garlic and crucifixes, and the count’s son falls in love with Alfred. Talk about fun. Do they get to prove their theory? Do they get out of Transylvania with their necks intact? There’s only one way to find out…

Comments

For those expecting the taut suspense of Polanski's more well known thrillers, such as Repulsion or Rosemary's Baby, be prepared for something out of left field here. This flick is more akin to Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein in its campy homage to early horror B-pictures. It's a good time, but be ready for some zany-ness!


Exactly. This spoof is charming and funny and Polanski. While Repulsion is pretty intense and unnerving.