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The Fearless Vampire Killers Blu-ray Review

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Where’s the comedy?

Roman Polanski performs triple duties as actor (he plays Alfred), director and writer (alongside Gerard Brach) for 1967’s cult horror-comedy/vampire spoof “The Fearless Vampire Killers.” There’s not much plot to speak of, but essentially the story revolves around a bumbling Professor (Abronsius) and his assistant (Alfred) who venture to Transylvania to find vampires. While staying at an inn, Alfred falls for the innkeeper’s daughter (Sarah) and both Alfred and the Professor encounter vampires. When Sarah is taken by a vampire (Count Von Krolock) the Professor and Alfred are led to the Count’s castle.

“The Fearless Vampire Killers” (AKA “Pardon Me, But Your Teeth Are In My Neck”) is likely to be a divisive movie. To some, it may be a comedic gem from filmmaker Roman Polanski. To others, it may be a meandering, unfunny spoof with weak attempts at comedy involving a coffin sled, a Jewish vampire, wine that looks like blood, and pratfalls. I certainly fall in the latter category. Perhaps at the time of its release it felt more fresh and vibrant, but today, it pales in comparison to the likes of “What We Do In The Shadows” (both the film and series). I was constantly left hoping that the comedy would actually develop and yet it never does.

The cast does the best they can with the material they are given. Polanski gives himself the biggest role with Alfred. Sharon Tate isn’t on screen much, but she is quite memorable nonetheless as Sarah. Jack MacGowran shines as the elderly, dopey Professor. Ferdy Mayne does what he can with the underdeveloped Count Von Krolock.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.35:1 1080p. How does it look? Warner Archive has released a disc with a rich and colorful transfer.

Audio Track: 2.0 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? It does the job. No more, no less.
Extras:
* “The Fearless Vampire Killers” theatrical trailer
* Alternate main title
* “Vampires 101”- A 10 1/2 minute promo that gives a crash course in vampire lore.

January 5, 2020 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , ,

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