The Fearless Vampire Killers
The Fearless Vampire Killers (1967)

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… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: November 13, 1967
DVD Release Date: October 5, 2004
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Critic Score: 67% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: This uneven but amiable 1967 vampire picture is part horror spoof, part central European epic, and 100 percent Roman Polanski, whose signature sensibility colors every frame.

Variety Staff

Ferdy Mayne is the menacing Dracula, and Sharon Tate, lady in question, looks particularly nice in her bath.

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Tom Milne
Time Out

Messy vampire spoof-cum-homage to Hammer, which doesn't really come off on either count.

TV Guide

Shot in the Italian Alps, the cinematography is striking.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

The film amiably runs through all the standbys associated with vampire movies, putting a personal and goofy spin on most of them.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

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.

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Kim Newman
Empire Magazine

Funny and scary, this is vintage Polanski.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Nobody laughed.

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Fernando F. Croce

Lustrous caricature of Hammer frights

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Rob Gonsalves

Infectiously silly vampire farce that's a lot more elegant than it had to be.

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Flixster Audience Score: 76% Flixster User Reviews
Aj V
Polanski's vampire comedy is hilarious and cute. Polanski plays the sidekick in the movie, and he's a really good actor too. I really liked this… More
Ken Stachnik
Imagine a Hammer Horror version of Scooby Doo written & Directed by Roman Polanski Did I mention Sharon Tate? Yaozaa!
Conner Rainwater
I really don't understand why Roman Polanski ever decided to make a vampire movie in this fashion. You'd think that with all of his mastery in… More
Pierluigi Puccini
slap-stick comedy is not Polanski's forte but he manages to combine a sultry dark mood, a witty mise-en-scène, great performances and an insanely good… More
Kylie B
The comedy here seems to be more farce than humour (personally I didn't find it funny) but you can see which staples of the vampire film has been subverted… More
xGary Xx
Uneven vampire comedy from Roman Polanski that has some great moments, but can also drag horribly in between. It's probably the first attempt at the… More

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