The Fearless Vampire Killers

Movie Information

The Thursday Horror Picture Show will screen The Fearless Vampire Killers Thursday, April 28, at 8 p.m. in the Cinema Lounge of The Carolina Asheville and will be hosted by Xpress movie critics Ken Hanke and Justin Souther.
Genre: Horror Comedy
Director: Roman Polanski
Starring: Jack MacGowran, Roman Polanski, Sharon Tate, Ferdy Mayne, Alfie Bass
Rated: NR

Roman Polanski’s The Fearless Vampire Killers (or Pardon Me, But Your Teeth Are in My Neck (1967) is a movie I’ve loved since I first saw the heavily bastardized and severely cut TV print on the CBS Late Show in a college dorm back in 1972. It was years before I was able to see Polanski’s original version (the one being shown), but it only increased my fondness for this unusual film, which, depending on the day of the week, is often my favorite Polanski. This is a rare movie in that it works both as a horror spoof (ultimately, a pretty black one) and as a horror movie in its own right. Owing much to both Eastern European art (especially Marc Chagall) and folklore—along with something of the Hammer horror movies—it’s one of the most fairy tale-like films ever made. The plot is a simple enough set-up that has crackpot vampire hunter Prof. Abronsius (Jack MacGowran) and his assistant, Alfred (an unbilled Polanski) traveling “deep into the heart of Transylvania” to help stamp out vampires. What Polanski and co-writer Gerard Brach (not to mention composer Krzysztof Komeda and cinematographer Douglas Slocombe) do with that is something else again—a funny, spooky, visually and aurally stunning horror comedy unlike anything else.

About Ken Hanke
Head film critic for Mountain Xpress from December 2000 until his death in June 2016. Author of books "Ken Russell's Films," "Charlie Chan at the Movies," "A Critical Guide to Horror Film Series," "Tim Burton: An Unauthorized Biography of the Filmmaker."

Before you comment

The comments section is here to provide a platform for civil dialogue on the issues we face together as a local community. Xpress is committed to offering this platform for all voices, but when the tone of the discussion gets nasty or strays off topic, we believe many people choose not to participate. Xpress editors are determined to moderate comments to ensure a constructive interchange is maintained. All comments judged not to be in keeping with the spirit of civil discourse will be removed and repeat violators will be banned. See here for our terms of service. Thank you for being part of this effort to promote respectful discussion.

Leave a Reply

To leave a reply you may Login with your Mountain Xpress account, connect socially or enter your name and e-mail. Your e-mail address will not be published. All fields are required.