FACTOID # 20: Statistically, Delaware bears more cost of the US Military than any other state.
 
 Home   Encyclopedia   Statistics   States A-Z   Flags   Maps   FAQ   About 
   
 
WHAT'S NEW
 

SEARCH ALL

FACTS & STATISTICS    Advanced view

Search encyclopedia, statistics and forums:

 

 

(* = Graphable)

 

 


Encyclopedia > The Fearless Vampire Killers
The Fearless Vampire Killers

Promo Poster
Directed by Roman Polanski
Produced by Gene Gutowski
Written by Roman Polanski
Gérard Brach
Music by Krzysztof Komeda
Cinematography Douglas Slocombe
Editing by Alastair McIntyre
Release date(s) UK February, 1967
USA November 13, 1967
Running time 91 min.
Country UK
USA
Language English
All Movie Guide profile
IMDb profile

The Fearless Vampire Killers is a 1967 movie directed by Roman Polański and written by Gérard Brach. It has been produced as a musical, named Dance of the Vampires. Poster from the Fearless Vampire Killers movie. ... Roman Raymond PolaÅ„ski (born August 18, 1933 in Paris) is an Academy Award-winning Polish film director, writer, and producer. ... Gérard Brach (b. ... Krzysztof Komeda Krzysztof Komeda (b. ... Douglas Slocombe is a British cinematographer who has enjoyed a long career in the British film industry. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom. ... For other uses, see February (disambiguation). ... // December 26 - The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour airs on British television. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_States. ... November 13 is the 317th day of the year (318th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 48 days remaining. ... 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar (the link is to a full 1967 calendar). ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar (the link is to a full 1967 calendar). ... Film is a term that encompasses individual motion pictures, the field of film as an art form, and the motion picture industry. ... Roman Raymond PolaÅ„ski (born August 18, 1933) is an Academy Award-winning Polish–French film director and actor. ... Gérard Brach (b. ... Dance of the Vampires (or Tanz der Vampire as the original German version is named) is a musical remake of a 1967 Roman PolaÅ„ski film called The Fearless Vampire Killers. ...

Contents

Plot

Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow.

The film takes us into the heart of Transylvania where Professor Abronsius (Jack McGowran) and his apprentice Alfred (Roman Polański) are on the hunt for vampires. Abronsius is old and withering and barely able to survive the cold drive through the wintry forests. Alfred is bumbling and introverted. The hunters come to a small Eastern European town seemingly at the end of a long search for signs of vampires. The two stay at a local inn, full of angst-ridden townspeople who perform strange rituals to fend off an unseen evil. Map of Romania with Transylvania in yellow Transylvania (Romanian: or ; Hungarian: ; German: ; Serbian: / Transilvanija or / Erdelj) is a historical region in central and western Romania. ... Jack MacGowran Jack MacGowran, (October 13, 1918 - January 31, 1973) was an Irish-born character actor. ... Roman Raymond PolaÅ„ski (born August 18, 1933) is an Academy Award-winning Polish–French film director and actor. ...


Whilst staying at the inn, Alfred develops a fondness for Sarah (Sharon Tate), the daughter of the tavern keeper Yoine Shagal (Alfie Bass). After witnessing Sarah being kidnapped by the vampire, Count Von Krolock (Ferdy Mayne), the two follow his snow trail, leading them to the ominous castle of Von Krolock in the snow-blanketed hills nearby. They break in to the castle, but are trapped by the Count’s lecherous hunchback servant, Koukol (Terry Downes). Upon being taken to see the count, he affects an air of aristocratic dignity whilst he cleverly questions Abronsius about his interest in bats and why he has come to the castle. They also encounter the Count's son, the foppish (and homosexual) Herbert (Iain Quarrier). Sharon Marie Tate (January 24, 1943 – August 9, 1969) was an American film actress. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Alfie Bass as the Giant in The Goodies and the Beanstalk (VHS) Alfred Bass (April 8, 1921 – July 15, 1987) was a diminutive cockney-accented Jewish actor, born in Bethnal Green, London, England. ... A count is a nobleman in most European countries, equivalent in rank to a British earl, whose wife is also still a countess (for lack of an Anglo-Saxon term). ... Ferdy Mayne (11 March 1916 - 30 January 1998) was a German actor. ... Pierrefonds Castle, France Castle has a history of scholarly debate surrounding its exact meaning. ... Terence Richard Downes, (born in Paddington, London on May 9, 1936) is a retired British middleweight boxer. ...


Despite misgivings, they accept the Count’s invitation to stay in his ramshackle gothic castle, where Alfred spends the night fitfully. The next morning, Abronsius plans to find the castle crypt and kill the Count, seemingly forgetting about the fate of Sarah. The crypt is guarded by the hunchback, so after some wandering they climb in through a roof window. However, Abronsius gets stuck in the window and it is up to Alfred to kill the Count, which he feels unable to do. He has to go back outside to free Abronsius, on the way coming upon Sarah having a bath in her room. She seems oblivious to her danger when he pleads for her to come away with him. Crypt is also a commonly used name of water trumpets, aquatic plants. ...

Sharon Tate and Roman Polański in The Fearless Vampire Killers.
Sharon Tate and Roman Polański in The Fearless Vampire Killers.

After freeing Abronsius, who is half frozen, they re-enter the castle. Alfred again seeks Sarah but meets Herbert instead, who tries to kill him, revealing his vampire nature. The two flee from Herbert through a dark stairway to safety, only to be trapped behind a locked door. They also realise night is falling. As they watch horrified, the gravestones below open up and they see that there are many vampires at the castle. The Count appears, mocking them and tells them their fate is sealed. He leaves them to attend a dance, where Sarah will be presented as the next vampire victim. Download high resolution version (830x398, 67 KB)screenshot from The Fearless Vampire Killers (1967) showing Sharon Tate and Roman Polanski This is a screenshot of a copyrighted movie or television program. ... Download high resolution version (830x398, 67 KB)screenshot from The Fearless Vampire Killers (1967) showing Sharon Tate and Roman Polanski This is a screenshot of a copyrighted movie or television program. ...


However, the hunters escape by blowing off the door and come to the dance in disguise, where they grab Sarah and flee. Escaping by horse carriage, they are now unaware that it is too late for Sarah, who bites Alfred, thus allowing vampires to be released into the world.


Production

Coming straight on the heels of Polański's international success with Repulsion, the film was mounted on a lavish scale - color cinematography, huge sets in England, location filming in the Alps, elaborate costumes and choreography suitable for a period epic. Previously accustomed only to extremely low budgets, Polański chose some of the finest English cinema craft artists to work on the film: cameraman Douglas Slocombe, production designer Wilfrid Shingleton. Polański engaged noted choreographer Tutte Lemkow, who played the actual Fiddler in Fiddler on the Roof, for the film's climactic Danse Macabre minuet. Repulsion is a film made in 1965 directed by Roman PolaÅ„ski. ... The west face of the Petit Dru above the Chamonix valley near the Mer de Glace. ... Douglas Slocombe is a British cinematographer who has enjoyed a long career in the British film industry. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... The Dance of Death (1493) by Michael Wolgemut, from the Liber chronicarum by Hartmann Schedel. ...


During filming the director decided to switch formats to anamorphic while filming on location. Flat scenes already filmed were optically converted to match. Anamorphic widescreen is a cinematography and photography technique for capturing a widescreen picture on standard 35mm film. ...


In his autobiography, Roman Polański discusses some of the difficulties in filming The Fearless Vampire Killers: "Our first month's outdoor filming became a series of ingenious improvisations, mainly because the last-minute switch from one location (Austria) to another (Ortisei, an Italian ski resort in the Dolomites) had left us so little time to revise our shooting schedules. The fact that we were filming in Italy entailed the employment of a certain number of Italian technicians, and that, in turn, bred some international friction. Gene Gutowski (the film's European producer) rightly suspected that the Italians were robbing us blind." St. ... Image:Belluno-Schiara-gp. ...


Despite numerous production headaches, Polański is said to have enjoyed making the film. His cinematographer, Douglas Slocombe, was quoted by Ivan Butler in his book, The Cinema of Roman Polański, as saying, "I think he (Roman) put more of himself into Dance of the Vampires than into another film. It brought to light the fairy-tale interest that he has. One was conscious all along when making the picture of a Central European background to the story. Very few of the crew could see anything in it - they thought it old-fashioned nonsense. But I could see this background....I have a French background myself, and could sense the Central European atmosphere that surrounds it. The figure of Alfred is very much like Roman himself - a slight figure, young and a little defenseless - a touch of Kafka. It is very much a personal statement of his own humour. He used to chuckle all the way through." Historical lands and provinces in Central Europe Central Europe is the central region of Europe. ... Franz Kafka approximately 1917 Franz Kafka (July 3, 1883 in Prague - June 3, 1924 in Vienna) was one of the major German language writers of the 20th century most of whose work was published posthumously. ...


When the film was first released in the United States, MGM wanted to market it as a farce by saddling it with a longer title - The Fearless Vampire Killers, Or Pardon Me, But Your Teeth Are in My Neck. The director was less than pleased. Not only did Martin Ransohoff, the American executive producer, change the original title from the more eloquent Dance of the Vampires, he also chopped out 16 minutes of footage, redubbed some of the actors' voices, and tacked on an opening animated credit sequence which features the famous MGM lion as a grinning, fanged vampire. For alternate meanings of MGM, see MGM (disambiguation). ... Martin Ransohoff (born 1927 in New Orleans, Louisiana) is a cinema and television producer. ... Leo the Lion (1957–present) in the MGM logo. ...


Though it was critically panned on its initial release, The Fearless Vampire Killers has garnered latter-day praise for its vivid atmosphere and audacious balance of broad comedy with Hammer Films-style horror. The eventual murder of Sharon Tate at the hands of the Manson Family gang has lent an additional notoriety to the production. Hammer horror refers to horror films produced in the late 1950s through the 1970s by the British film studio Hammer Films. ... Charles Milles Manson (born November 12th, 1934) was convicted of murder in what became known as the Tate/La Bianca case. ...


The film is peppered with numerous references to King Richard III of England, who even appears in the ball scene. Richard III (2 October 1452–22 August 1485) was King of England from 1483 until his death. ...


Soundtrack

The score was provided by Krzysztof Komeda, who also scored Rosemary's Baby. Krzysztof Komeda Krzysztof Komeda (b. ... It has been suggested that this article be split into articles entitled Rosemarys Baby (film) and Rosemarys Baby (novel). ...


Selected quotations

Count Von Krolock:


"A year ago exactly on this same night we were assembled here in this very room: I your pastor, and you my beloved flock. With hopefulness in my heart I told you then that with Lucifer's aid we might look forward to a more succulent occasion. Cast back your minds. There we were, gathered together, gloomy and despondent, around a single meager woodcutter."


Abronsius: "Takes me for a nincompoop, that necrophile!" Category: ...


After being chased by Herbert:


Abronsius: "He went berserk, did you provoke him or what? Alfred: "No he got excited all on his own."


Cast includes

Jack MacGowran Jack MacGowran, (October 13, 1918 - January 31, 1973) was an Irish-born character actor. ... Roman Raymond Polański (born August 18, 1933) is an Academy Award-winning Polish–French film director and actor. ... Alfie Bass as the Giant in The Goodies and the Beanstalk (VHS) Alfred Bass (April 8, 1921 – July 15, 1987) was a diminutive cockney-accented Jewish actor, born in Bethnal Green, London, England. ... Sharon Marie Tate (January 24, 1943 – August 9, 1969) was an American film actress. ... Ferdy Mayne (11 March 1916 - 30 January 1998) was a German actor. ... Terence Richard Downes, (born in Paddington, London on May 9, 1936) is a retired British middleweight boxer. ... Ronald Lacey (June 18, 1935 - May 15, 1991) was born in the suburbs of London. ... Sydney Bromley was a prolific English film actor. ...

Alternate titles

  • Dance of the Vampires (UK)
  • The Fearless Vampire Killers Or Pardon Me, But Your Teeth Are in My Neck (USA)
  • Tanz der Vampire (Austria, Germany, Switzerland)
  • Vampyrernas natt (The Night of the Vampires) (Sweden)
  • A Dança dos Vampiros (Brazil,Portugal)
  • El baile de los vampiros (Spanish)
  • Le Bal des vampires (French, Switzerland, Monaco)
  • Per Favore non mordermi sul collo (Italy, Switzerland, San Marino)
  • Бесстрашные убийцы вампиров (Russia)

Roman Raymond Polański (born August 18, 1933 in Paris) is an Academy Award-winning Polish film director, writer, and producer. ... ... Rozbijemy zabawę was a short film written and directed by Roman Polanski in 1957. ... Morderstwo is a short film written and directed by Roman Polański in 1957. ... The movie Two Men and a Wardrobe (1958) is considered an allegory. ... Lampa has different uses: As a word meaning lamp, e. ... When Angles Fall, or Gdy spadają anioly, was a short film written and directed by Roman Polański in 1959. ... Le Gros et le maigre is a short film written and directed by Roman Polanski in 1961. ... Ssaki was a short film written and directed by Roman Polanski in 1962. ... Knife in the Water is a 1962 film directed by Roman Polanski. ... Les Plus belles escroqueries du monde (English: The most beautiful swindles in the world) is a 1964 film composed of four segments, each of which was created with a different set of writers, directors, and actors. ... Repulsion is a film made in 1965 directed by Roman Polański. ... For the musical group, see Cul de Sac (group). ... It has been suggested that this article be split into articles entitled Rosemarys Baby (film) and Rosemarys Baby (novel). ... Macbeth (also known as The Tragedy of Macbeth) is a 1971 film directed by Roman Polanski, based on William Shakespeares play of the same name, concerning the Scottish lord who becomes the king through deceit, treachery and murder. ... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... Chinatown is a 1974 film directed by Roman Polanski featuring many elements of the film noir genre, particularly a multi-layered story that is part mystery and part psychological drama. ... The Tenant (French: Le Locataire) is a 1976 psychological thriller/horror film directed by Roman Polanski based upon the novel by Roland Topor. ... For other uses, see Tess (disambiguation) Tess is a 1979 English language romance and drama film based on the novel Tess of the dUrbervilles by Thomas Hardy and directed by Roman Polański. ... Pirates is an adventure/comedy film written by Gérard Brach, John Brownjohn, and Roman Polanski. ... Frantic is an 1988 movie directed by Roman Polański, and starring Harrison Ford. ... Categories: 1992 films | Stub ... Death and the Maiden (La muerte y la doncella) is a play by Ariel Dorfman, first published in 1991. ... The Ninth Gate is a Spanish/French English-language mystery film based on the novel The Club Dumas by Arturo Pérez-Reverte. ... The Pianist is a 2002 film directed by Roman Polanski starring Adrien Brody. ... Oliver Twist is a 2005 film directed by Roman Polański. ...

External links

  • http://www.dvdtalk.com/dvdsavant/s44fearkill.html
  • http://www.filmscoremonthly.com/articles/1999/10_Nov---The_Fearless_Vampire_Killers.asp
  • The Fearless Vampire Killers at the Internet Movie Database

  Results from FactBites:
 
Classic-Horror Review of The Fearless Vampire Killers (1967) (696 words)
Except in Roman Polanski's The Fearless Vampire Killers, the vampire is gay, the "damsel" is also the ostensible hero (and male), and the chase sequence involves slick floors that cause both pursuer and pursued to slide crazily as they run.
Toss in a Jewish vampire who chuckles when a crucifix is brandished at him ("Oy, hev you got the wrong vempire!") and you have enough of the right ingredients that any semi-competent director could toss together a nutty caper with laughs every other minute.
Fearless Vampire Killers is set in winter, and the mise-en-scene reflects the cold, chapped nature of the weather and creates a feeling of being trapped in wide open plains.
www.Vampire-World.com - "The fearless Vampire Killers", Roman Polanski, 1966 (560 words)
The next day, when the vampires are sleeping peacefully in their coffins, Abronsius and Alfred try to make an end to their foul work by means of a wooden peg.
Murnaus "Nosferatu" probably is the most uncanny and Coppolas "Dracula" the most splendid movie of the genre; "The fearless vampire Killers" is without doubt the funniest one.
Meanwhile "The fearless vampire killers" has been shown on TV innumerable times, and should be one of the most popular vampire movies ever.
  More results at FactBites »

 
 

COMMENTARY     


Share your thoughts, questions and commentary here
Your name
Your comments

Want to know more?
Search encyclopedia, statistics and forums:

 


Press Releases |  Feeds | Contact
The Wikipedia article included on this page is licensed under the GFDL.
Images may be subject to relevant owners' copyright.
All other elements are (c) copyright NationMaster.com 2003-5. All Rights Reserved.
Usage implies agreement with terms, 1022, m