The Fearless Vampire Killers (1967) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)
DIRECTED BY: Roman Polanski
Starring: Jack MacGowran, Roman Polanski, Alfie Bass
RATED: UR/REGION A/2:35/1080P/NUMBER OF DISCS 1
AVAILABLE FROM Warner Archive Collection
Its the living end, a fancy-dress ball for blood fiends in Count Von Krolocks Transylvanian castle. Surely no mortal would be foolish enough to infiltrate this hemogobbling horror of a soiree. But partygoers notice something in the ballroom mirrors: the reflections of humans vampire killers dancing among them. Director/cowriter Roman Polanski (The Pianist, Rosemary s Baby, Chinatown) spoofs vampire movies with this droll balancing act of shocks and laughs. He also portrays Alfred, mousy apprentice to a doddering researcher of vampirism (Jack MacGowran)…and the lovestruck defender of gorgeous Sarah (Sharon Tate) when the Count (Ferdy Mayne) tries to make her the ghoul of his dreams. It s all fang-tastic fun!
1967’s The Fearless Vampire Killers (or Pardon Me, But Your Teeth Are in My Neck) is a very over the top and oftentimes silly vampire horror-comedy. Now I’m not sure I’d call it my kind of horror film overall but I can see it being a very key-lime pie sort of movie where those that do like it will probably love it and those who don’t might never want to see it again. I can appreciate some of the humor but this just wasn’t for me at the end of the day. Some of the acting is good. It’s over the top but good. The plot is what it is, meaning it fits the silly nature of the movie but that’s probably about it. I think had things just been toned down a little bit I’d have been much more open to what this one had to offer up as far as a horror-comedy goes.
I’d say if you wanted something along the lines of a horror style Monty Pythons you might dig what you got here. You also have the appealing angle of both Roman Polanski and Sharon Tate both being involved in this one and that could be a bit of a morbid appeal but an appeal none the less. Other than all of that, it’s silly and over the top, but has vampires in it so there’s always that too…I guess. You do get some extras on this one, however, with an old school making-of feature. Alternate animated sequence and of course the big thing here for some and that’s the movie finally on a Blu-ray release. Proceed with caution for this one as it isn’t for everyone.
– BRAND NEW REMASTER OF THE FILM (LONGER 107-MINUTE VERSION)
– Vintage Making of Featurette – “The Fearless Vampire Killers: Vampires 101
– Alternate Animated Title Sequence
– Theatrical Trailer (HD)
– Optional English SDH subtitles for the main feature
QUALITY OF TRANSFER: 93%