The Fearless Vampire Killers
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A pair of bumbling vampire-hunters attempts to destroy an undead nobleman and his cronies and rescue a buxom maiden in actor/director Roman Polanski's playful update of the venerable vampire genre. Bat expert and vampire obsessive Professor Abronsius (Jack MacGowran) barely survives his journey through the Alps into snowy Slovenia to continue his oft-maligned research into the undead. Thawed out by his hapless assistant, Alfred (Polanski), and the frisky local innkeeper, Shagal (Alfie Bass), Abronsius quickly notices the overabundance of raw garlic as a decorating motif in the inn and its… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 66%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Ferdy Mayne is the menacing Dracula, and Sharon Tate, lady in question, looks particularly nice in her bath."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Messy vampire spoof-cum-homage to Hammer, which doesn't really come off on either count."
‑ Tom Milne, Time Out
"Funny and scary, this is vintage Polanski."
‑ Kim Newman, Empire Magazine
"Early Polanski is a treat."
‑ Michael A. Smith, Nolan's Pop Culture Review
"Really not as bad as the title; it IS Polanski"
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"The film amiably runs through all the standbys associated with vampire movies, putting a personal and goofy spin on most of them."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"He was evidently only trying to make fun of horror films, forgetting that horror films, played straight, are now more often funny -- unconsciously to -- than horrible."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Infectiously silly vampire farce that's a lot more elegant than it had to be."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"An elaborate letdown."
‑ Forrest Hartman, Reno Gazette-Journal
"Sporadically inspired."
‑ Jason Anderson, eye WEEKLY
"Nobody laughed."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Shot in the Italian Alps, the cinematography is striking."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Has its few garlicky moments of delight."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Polanski rarely indulged in his taste for overwrought slapstick, but here it is."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Macabre, jet-black comedy with Polanski's unique sensibility in evidence in abundance."
‑ Jake Euker, F5 (Wichita, KS)
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