The Fearless Vampire Killers
Thu, Mar 06
12:00 PM — 1:45 PM
NAC160 Convent Avenue137th Street and Convent
Free pizza and fangs. Roman Polanski's vampire comedy starring Sharon Tate."The Fearless Vampire Killers, or Pardon Me but Your Teeth Are in My Neck" is Roman Polanski's 1967 blood-sucking comedy.
"Polanski’s pastiche of Hammeresque vampire films opens as any other vampire film at the time: two eccentric ‘outsiders’ seek refuge in an inn inhabited by superstitious locals and an abundance of garlic bulbs hanging everywhere. The mere suggestion that these two inept gentlemen are searching for the castle of famed fiend Herbert Von Krolock is enough to frighten the simple townsfolk. The sort of madcap shenanigans that ensue set the tone wonderfully for a film that, while largely a comedy, still manages to muster a sharp bite (sorry) and a dark edge."
—Behind the Couch
"The good thing is that while The Fearless Vampire Killers is not a great film by any stretch of the word, it is highly entertaining and a good diversion from one’s cares — right up there with some of the best Abbott & Costello Meet films. Polanski’s vampire comedy, however, is a bit more sophisticated, and the influence of the 1960s can be found in the film’s ironic title — far better than Polanski’s dull and misleading European original, Dance of the Vampires, and is right in league with other big-budget comedies of that time, such as It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, Dr. Strangelove, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (alternate titles were in vogue), Casino Royale, and What’s New, Pussycat? If only Polanski had cast Peter Sellers in The Fearless Vampire Killers — the film might have become a true classic rather than an amusing curio."
—Dan Scheider, Alt Film Guide
"Perhaps it was funny and mildly risqué in 1967, but now it's just goofy. It reminded me a bit of the Pink Panther movies in it's silly physical humour, but it wasn't quite as good. I certainly won't be watching it again."
—Almost Fabulous Film Reviews