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Fearless Vampire Killers, the

Jack MacGowran , Roman Polanski , Roman Polanski    Unrated   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
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One of Roman Polanski's more overt comedies, this 1966 monster spectacle stars Jack MacGowran and Polanski as a clunky but heroic pair of vampire killers. Called upon to rescue the beautiful and buxom daughter (Sharon Tate) of an innkeeper from a Draculalike bloodsucker, the duo muddle through all sorts of scrapes, the most intense being a scene in which a room full of dancing vampires realize the human interlopers are the only ones in the room who are reflected in a mirror. Scary and funny, the film has some unforgettable set pieces, a terrific score, one of the few records of Tate's extraordinary beauty, and vibrant performances. Not exactly Polanski in a relaxed mode, but clear evidence of his estimable skills as a director of both brilliance and polish. --Tom Keogh

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5.0 out of 5 stars LE BAL DES VAMPIRES Oct. 24 2004
Format:DVD
J'ai vu ce film dans les années 70 et je dois dire que pour moi c'est un classique des meilleurs films du genre. Drôle et en même temps impressionnant par l'atmosphère qui si dégage. Un film à voir absolument. Le DVD surprenant en plusieurs langues très intéressant. Très heureux de l'avoir dans ma collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love this film Feb. 13 2009
By Dorian
Format:DVD
This film is not for everyone. There are people who have no patience for films that don't blast out of the screen at them. If you like Polanski, Hammer horror films (which this film strongly parodies), fantasy/horror style stories (read Company of Wolves here), and can appreciate old fashioned Abbott and Costello style humour, then you'll have no problem settling beautifully into this film. The cinematography is gorgeous, the soundtrack is fresh, the film is slightly out of step with most of Polanski's fare which is neat to see (although if you've watched his old film school shorts you can appreciate the progression a little better). Like any Polanski film it does drag a little in the 3rd quarter, but you always know that you will be repaid in spades with his movies. Moreover, this film does come with a hefty dose of hidden social commentary on the state of Poland and Jewish affairs after the war (you need not see them, but if you're looking they become apparent). Also seeing Polanski act is lovely, and I think one of the strongest points of this film is seeing the beautiful Sharon Tate as she was in the 60s, and watching the looks that she and Polanski give each other grow progressively more intimate as the filming progresses. This is actually my favorite Polanski film, and I thought that I would weigh in an alternative opinion given the other reviews. I'm sure at least one of them is simply a sad American 14 year-old wearing black spandex and wishing he hadn't wasted his allowance renting a movie about vampires which didn't have Victorian-era anemia patients crying with each other and holding goblets. This is a fine piece of cinema, you just need to know what you're getting into.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Jan. 14 2012
By Elmo
Format:DVD
We saw the film long time ago and wish our son and daughter to watch it because it is classic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fearless Vampire Killers Dec 2 2010
Format:DVD
This is a great vampire movie. Rent it for halloween. It's filmed really well and it is a real vampire movie although it's a comedy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful, immersing film! Jan. 19 2010
Format:DVD
The atmosphere in this film is amazing, it has a very dreamlike quality to it. The eerie castle and snowy hills will thoroughly absorb you and the story itself is light and funny. But it's not the type of film everyone will appreciate, its definately not one to be taken seriously. Overall, it's a very delightful and enchanting piece of work.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not his best July 12 2004
Format:VHS Tape
... when u compare it with Rosemary`s Baby, Repulsion and Frantic. But it DOES have its moments... What really saves this film is the music by Komeda, choreography by Norwegian Tutte Lemkow, the scenary, the make-up, the off-key characters, Sharon Tate and the costumes... Too often u find yourself wondering what-the-heck this is all about and why doesn`t Polanski move a bit faster into the action??? Still; it`s watchable and I`m glad that so many have found it to their hearts:-)
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Vampire Classic May 28 2004
Format:VHS Tape
Late one night many years ago I had the pleasure of watching the great Roman Polanski vampire film. Now, many years later, I have added the complete and uncut edition to my collection.
This tongue-in-cheek begins with Professor Abronsius and his assistant (Polanski) arriving in Transylvania. The professor, who has one of the silliest mustaches of all time, is researching the legends of vampires. He is convinced that they really exist and that he can eliminate them. Shortly after their arrival it becomes apparent that there are indeed strange creatures about. All of the evidence convinces the professor that his suspicions are correct.
When the inn they are staying in is hit by a vampire the two journey to a bleak castle. There they encounter the local lord, who is a vampire. The lord and the professor hit it off quite well as both are men (ahem) of learning. During the day the professor and his assistant search for the vampires tomb. They find it but are unable to dispatch the creatures and wind up losing all of their tools in the process. Then night falls.
With the fall of night the two become targets and must avoid their vampiric hosts. then they make a startling discovery. There are more vampires in the castle than just the lord and his son. There is a graveyard filled with generations of bloodsuckers. As the vampires hold an annual ball at which they will feast on a number of locals, the professor and his protégée manage to make off with one of the victims and successfully flee into the night pursued by a hunchback sledding in a coffin.
The film then ends with a very dark note. The woman they have saved makes the complete transition to vampire while they are fleeing and she bites the young assistant.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Quote your references, sir! Feb. 24 2004
Format:VHS Tape
Laugh yourself to death when you're not crawling under the couch out of fear ... . The movie, a real vampire film complete with more than enough horror, is also a spoof on vampire films. Several scenes come to mind (from long ago!). First, the beautiful tavern girl bathing as a new vampire, the recently bitten taven owner, bursts through the window. She flashes a crucifix before his eyes and his head darts to the side....and then he faces her, "Wrong religion, my dear!" Then, the old vampire researcher and his assistant (Polanski) enter 'the castle' and meet the vampire. Researcher and vampire quote their academic sources competitively to each other, the one trying to outdo the other.
I gave the film 4 stars instead of 5 because I'm one of those with a tendency to crawl under the couch .... . The scene with Polanski and the professor crawling around on the roof of the castle is too unforgetable.
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