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Over the years, when Roman Polanski was asked You Cant Always Get What You Want - The Rolling Stones - Hot Rocks 1964-1971 (Reel-To-Reel) name the film he was happiest with, his answer was surprising: The Fearless Vampire Killers. But as the years went by, Polanski professed a fondness for it. All my memories come flooding back in one shot.
Polanski also liked the film because it was unpretentious. But for those people who want to go to the cinema for two hours and have a good time, I made The Fearless Vampire Killers.
Some viewers have protested that the film is not especially funny or scary. Polanski said his intention was to create a kind of cinematic fairy tale, a fantasy adventure. We go to the funfair, sit in the ghost train, and hope to be frightened. When we laugh or get goose-pimples at the same time it's a pleasant feeling because we know there's no real danger.
The film tells the story of the eccentric Professor Abronsius Jack McGowran and his young apprentice Alfred Polanski as they venture into Transylvania in search of vampires. They arrive at an isolated Jewish inn, where a hapless proprietor Alfie Bass has trouble keeping tabs on his beautiful daughter Tate. This culture, which never reappeared after the war, is part of my childhood memories. There just aren't any traditional Jews in Poland any more. There are some beautiful, The Hunting Life - Various - Experimedia 2011 Label Sampler moments in The Fearless Vampire Killers.
The opening scene, in which the protagonists are pursued by a pack of wild dogs, evokes the sort of childhood nightmare in which we find ourselves unable to call out for help. In another Never No More - Fearless Vampire Killers / Scumbag - Fearless Vampire Killers / Scumbag , a hunchback uses a coffin as a sled, gliding over the curving hills like a surreal Norelco Santa.
The Fearless Vampire Killers is good fun as long as you follow the director's lead and don't take it too seriously. This version which has been added to our collection of Free Movies runs one hour and 43 minutes.
The American theatrical release ran one hour and 28 minutes, so it appears that most of the missing footage has been restored. Make some popcorn, turn down the lights and enjoy the film!
We're hoping to rely on our loyal readers rather than erratic ads. To support Open Culture's continued operation, please consider making a donation. We thank you! This film was funny and scary at the same time, it strikes a good balance because the setting a lonely castle with vampires in it, while our meagerly armed Professor and assistant attempt to battle them and save the girlwhich normally would be the stuff the scariest horror films are made of, is balanced by the funny characters and funny storyline….
It never gets TOO scary, although it DOES have some scary chase scenes, the viewer is able to relax and enjoy the film because he feels the humor means that nothing bad will happen to the characters. At the same time, the beautiful snowy alps and ancient castle make for a fairy tale like setting, very warm and give great atmosphere to the film.
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