Sunday, December 19, 2010

The Fearless Vampire Killers (1967)

Roman Polanski stars in his own hilarious spoof on the vampire genre entitled THE FEARLESS VAMPIRE KILLERS. The bumbling Professor Abronsius and his young assistant set off to the snow-capped mountains of Transylvania to stake out its toothy inhabitants, but the two find themselves outnumbered when they land in the middle of a grand vampire ball! Each of the cast members deliver a series of quirky performances, but while Jack MacGowran's confident fool of a professor earns many laughs with his physical gags, it is Polanski's subtle gesturing and soft-spoken humor that wins out in the end. With huge Gothic sets and creeping atmospherics, THE FEARLESS VAMPIRE HUNTERS rivals many of Hammer's best while creating its own dark mood despite the light tone. This can best be seen in the eerie finale, when the three heroes are discovered casting a reflection in the mirror while surrounded by a ballroom of undead dandies. The off humor and slow pacing may be limiting for many viewers, but Gothic film fans will find this Horror Comedy to be quite the delight.

Rating: 8/10.

If you liked THE FEARLESS VAMPIRE KILLERS, check out:
CAPTAIN KRONOS - VAMPIRE HUNTER, JESUS CHRIST VAMPIRE HUNTER, DRACULA: DEAD AND LOVIN' IT!

3 comments:

  1. Great film that I watched for the first time in '96. MacGowran was funny as hell!

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  2. Good movie. I found Sharon Tate quite distracting from the plot, but in a very good way. I like the slight tweak to your blog, btw. Fills the space better.

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  3. She is quite the stunner, I was taken by her as well. Thanks for the feedback! I have hesitated for a while because I was afraid I was going to mess something up, but I am very happy with the results, much more efficient and clean. If I don't catch you sooner, enjoy the holidays Lee!

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