The Fearless Vampire Killers, or Pardon Me but Your Teeth Are in My Neck

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Overview

Roman Polanski's Fearless Vampire Killers is a film that really needs to be seen widescreen to be fully appreciated, which you can now do with this solid release from Warner Bros. While people can debate its curious use of slapstick until the cows come home, there is no doubt that it is a gorgeously shot flick that ranks up there alongside Hammer's most accomplished '60s horror outings. This disc comes packed with a 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen image that certainly does show off the camerawork and extravagant ...
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Overview

Roman Polanski's Fearless Vampire Killers is a film that really needs to be seen widescreen to be fully appreciated, which you can now do with this solid release from Warner Bros. While people can debate its curious use of slapstick until the cows come home, there is no doubt that it is a gorgeously shot flick that ranks up there alongside Hammer's most accomplished '60s horror outings. This disc comes packed with a 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen image that certainly does show off the camerawork and extravagant sets well, though, sadly, it's plagued by film elements that weren't corrected in the transfer. The mono Dolby Digital track on the other hand, might lose points for home theater inadequacy, but its mix is just fine otherwise. Extras include the theatrical trailer and a vintage clip, "Fearless Vampire Killers: Vampires 101," that must have played in some theaters upon the film's release. Just like the film, it's a silly setup where a professor of some sort (Max Wall) takes you through the vampire mythos and sets the audience up for the movie. Missing is the animated prologue from the American version -- and don't look for any commentaries or galleries of any sort. Still, the disc is worthy of recommendation, if only to be able to see the film on DVD the way it was meant to be seen.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Vintage making-of featurette "The Fearless Vampire Killers: Vampires 101"; Theatrical trailer; Languages: English & Français; Subtitles: English, Français, & Español
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
Despite the black humor of its ending, this mixture of spoofy horror and naughty Euro hijinks remains one of auteur Roman Polanski's least weighty directorial efforts. Full of elaborate slapstick, cheesecake semi-nudity, clever parody, and fine performances, The Fearless Vampire Killers is at least as entertaining as the Hammer horror outings it intends to, ahem, de-fang. Polanski himself proves no slouch when it comes to exaggerated, farcical acting, his Alfred a perfect compendium of gawky physical tics and bumbling-assistant clichés. Sharon Tate, meanwhile, plays it straight and saucy, investing her buxom Eastern European maiden with an enjoyably sexist mixture of glamour, sass, and stereotype. Some of the gags take too long to set up and execute, leaving no doubt as to why the film was trimmed against Polanski's will in its original release; the script takes forever to get to Count Von Krolock's castle, although once there it treats viewers to an enjoyable parade of Baroque set pieces, genre hamminess, and amusing bit parts. Iain Quarrier in particular has lots of fun as the "sensitive" young vampire Herbert, while Ferdinand Mayne displays such a perfect countenance as the number one bloodsucker that it's a shame he didn't do more straightforward horror work. (Instead, he played in several other spoofs, from 1971's Gebissen Wird Nur Nachts to 1991's My Lovely Monster.) As for Fearless Vampire Killers' place in the Polanski canon, its acute attention to horror conventions surely helped in the construction of Rosemary's Baby the following year. The only difference between parodying and reinvigorating a genre is the emphasis, and these two films, taken together, leave no doubt as to Polanski's ability to do both.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/5/2004
  • UPC: 012569514621
  • Original Release: 1967
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Language: Français
  • Time: 1:47:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 4,282

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Roman Polanski Alfred
Jack MacGowran Prof. Abronsius
Alfie Bass Shagal
Jessie Robbins Rebecca
Sharon Tate Sarah Shagal
Ferdinand "Ferdy" Mayne Count Von Krolock
Iain Quarrier Herbert Von Krolock
Terry Downes Koukol
Fiona Lewis Maid
Ronald Lacey Village Idiot
Sydney Bromley Sleigh Driver
Otto Diamant Woodcutter
Matthew Walters Woodcutter
Andrea Malandrinos Woodcutter
Technical Credits
Roman Polanski Director, Screenwriter
Gérard Brach Screenwriter
Fred Carter Art Director
Sophie Devine Costumes/Costume Designer
Gene Gutowski Producer
Krzysztof Komeda Score Composer
Tutte Lemkow Choreography
Alastair McIntyre Editor
Martin Ransohoff Executive Producer
Wilfred Shingleton Production Designer
Douglas Slocombe Cinematographer
Tom Smith Makeup
George Stephenson Sound/Sound Designer
Roy Stevens Asst. Director
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Credits [2:22]
2. Welcome to Transylvania [3:25]
3. Telltale Signs [4:04]
4. Good Little Fairy [3:40]
5. The Hunchback [6:41]
6. A Quick One [2:25]
7. Bath and a Bite [4:39]
8. Frozen Stiff [3:16]
9. The Wrong Vampire [1:00]
10. Castle Visitors [4:24]
11. Meeting the Count [4:59]
12. Guests for the Night [4:20]
13. Bedding Down for Daytime [5:28]
14. Whose Coffin? [4:52]
15. Crypt Creepers [5:03]
16. No Staking Skills [3:44]
17. Soapy Distraction [5:15]
18. Taking a Peek [3:46]
19. Bite for Bite [4:09]
20. Wake-Up [4:49]
21. Loose Cannon [5:55]
22. Tonight's Bill of Fare [2:32]
23. Party Crashers [1:54]
24. Dances Among Vampires [3:55]
25. Dashing Through the Snow [4:03]
26. Fangs to Him; Cast List [4:02]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      The Fearless Vampire Killers: Vampires 101
      Theatrical Trailer
   Languages
      Spoken Languages: English
      Spoken Languages: Français
      Spoken Languages: German
      Spoken Languages: Italian
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: Off
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Bloody Good Comedy

    Who knew that 'serious' director Roman Polanski invented the comedy/horror genre? The humor kinda sneaks up on you like a hungry bloodsucker, as MacGowran and the director himself portray the 'Abbott & Costello' of vampire hunters. Even with the humor, Polanski manages to evoke an authentic horror atmosphere right up to the twist ending. Finally, the breathtakingly gorgeous Sharon Tate is about the final word on damsels-in-distress...darn you Charles Manson!!! I recommend this film to those who don't take their horror flicks too seriously.

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    Kinda Boring, But Okay

    A friend of mine let me borrow this movie, and I am not sure if it was just that you had to have been in the time period or what, but some of this movie actually kinda bored me, and I only laughed 2 or 3 times. I didn't find it that funny. Still, it's a decent movie...average. It's definitely worth a watch. I would say go ahead and check it out.

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