The Fearless Vampire Killers, Or Pardon Me, But Your Teeth Are in My Neck (1967)

91 mins | Comedy, Horror | 13 November 1967

Director:

Roman Polanski

Producer:

Gene Gutowski

Cinematographer:

Douglas Slocombe

Production Designer:

Wilfred Shingleton

Production Companies:

Cadre Films , Filmways, Inc.
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HISTORY

Location scenes filmed in the Dolomite Alps, Italy. Released in Great Britain in 1967 as Dance of the Vampires ; running time: 107 min. Original length: 118 min; cut to 107 min for initial release in the United States; finally cut to ca91 min. The cuts and other changes, such as color process and redubbing, allegedly prompted Polanski to request that his name be removed from the American release version. Prerelease titles: Your Teeth in My Neck and The Vampire Killers ... More Less

Location scenes filmed in the Dolomite Alps, Italy. Released in Great Britain in 1967 as Dance of the Vampires ; running time: 107 min. Original length: 118 min; cut to 107 min for initial release in the United States; finally cut to ca91 min. The cuts and other changes, such as color process and redubbing, allegedly prompted Polanski to request that his name be removed from the American release version. Prerelease titles: Your Teeth in My Neck and The Vampire Killers . More Less

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Daily Variety
3 Jan 1966
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Daily Variety
21 Jan 1966
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Daily Variety
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Daily Variety
4 Feb 1966
p. 2.
Daily Variety
22 Feb 1966
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Daily Variety
25 Feb 1966
p. 3.
Daily Variety
25 Feb 1966
p. 6.
Daily Variety
22 Apr 1966
p. 13.
Daily Variety
23 May 1966
p. 4.
Daily Variety
9 Feb 1968
p. 7.
Los Angeles Times
27 Dec 1965
Section D, p. 17.
Los Angeles Times
16 Feb 1966
Section D, p. 12.
Los Angeles Times
11 Mar 1966
Section C, p. 15.
Los Angeles Times
17 Apr 1966
Section B, p. 7.
Los Angeles Times
28 Aug 1966
Section B, p. 9, 35.
Los Angeles Times
16 Nov 1967
Section D, p. 20.
New York Times
26 Nov 1966
p. 40.
New York Times
14 Nov 1967
p. 52.
New York Times
3 Dec 1967
p. 1, 19.
Variety
8 Dec 1965
p. 21.
Variety
15 Dec 1965
p. 26.
Variety
23 Feb 1966
p. 33.
Variety
30 Mar 1966
p. 18.
Variety
27 Jul 1966
p. 21.
Variety
15 Mar 1967
p. 4.
Variety
26 Apr 1967
p. 101.
Variety
5 Jul 1967
p. 7.
Variety
30 Aug 1967
p. 5.
Variety
15 Nov 1967
p. 6.
Variety
15 Nov 1967
p. 7.
Variety
7 Feb 1968
p. 18.
Variety
14 Feb 1968
p. 23.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANIES
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Martin Ransohoff-Roman Polanski Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
WRITERS
Story-scr
Trans of orig french scr
Trans of orig french scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
COSTUMES
Cost des
MUSIC
DANCE
Choreog
MAKEUP
Makeup
Hairstyles
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
Title des
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Your Teeth in My Neck
The Dance of the Vampires
The Vampire Killers
The Fearless Vampire Killers
Release Date:
13 November 1967
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 13 November 1967
Production Date:
began 23 or 24 February 1966
Copyright Claimant:
Cadre Films
Copyright Date:
31 December 1966
Copyright Number:
LP35102
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA
Color
Metrocolor
Widescreen/ratio
Panavision
Duration(in mins):
91
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Armed only with a case of crucifix stakes and a mallet, Professor Abronsius and his assistant, Alfred, arrive at a Transylvanian inn in the dead of winter to find and destroy the dreaded vampires who stalk the area. The villagers are reluctant to help, but the huge bunches of garlic hanging from every beam confirm the professor's suspicions that the town sports a resident vampire. Sarah, the innkeeper's daughter, is victimized by a vampire and abducted, but her parents refuse to help the professor track down the chief vampire. The couple pay for their uncooperativeness: the innkeeper, Yoine Shagal, is found one morning frozen stiff, with the telltale red fang marks over his arms and legs. Rebecca, Shagal's wife, cannot bring herself to save his soul by driving a stake through Shagal's heart. He is left to haunt the inn in lecherous pursuit of their maid. Alfred and Abronsius follow the crazed Shagal one night and arrive at the castle of Count von Krolock, who heads a tribe of vampires, including his homosexual son, Herbert. They find Sarah, but their efforts to save her are foiled by their own incompetence and Alfred's difficulty in discouraging the predatory and lecherous Herbert. The night of the vampires' ball arrives, but before Sarah can be presented, Abronsius and Alfred spirit her away and miraculously escape across the snowy mountains in a sleigh. As they seemingly drive to safety, however, Sarah shows her fangs and bites the enamored Alfred. The professor merrily propels the sleigh onward, unaware he is spreading the very evil he hoped to ... +


Armed only with a case of crucifix stakes and a mallet, Professor Abronsius and his assistant, Alfred, arrive at a Transylvanian inn in the dead of winter to find and destroy the dreaded vampires who stalk the area. The villagers are reluctant to help, but the huge bunches of garlic hanging from every beam confirm the professor's suspicions that the town sports a resident vampire. Sarah, the innkeeper's daughter, is victimized by a vampire and abducted, but her parents refuse to help the professor track down the chief vampire. The couple pay for their uncooperativeness: the innkeeper, Yoine Shagal, is found one morning frozen stiff, with the telltale red fang marks over his arms and legs. Rebecca, Shagal's wife, cannot bring herself to save his soul by driving a stake through Shagal's heart. He is left to haunt the inn in lecherous pursuit of their maid. Alfred and Abronsius follow the crazed Shagal one night and arrive at the castle of Count von Krolock, who heads a tribe of vampires, including his homosexual son, Herbert. They find Sarah, but their efforts to save her are foiled by their own incompetence and Alfred's difficulty in discouraging the predatory and lecherous Herbert. The night of the vampires' ball arrives, but before Sarah can be presented, Abronsius and Alfred spirit her away and miraculously escape across the snowy mountains in a sleigh. As they seemingly drive to safety, however, Sarah shows her fangs and bites the enamored Alfred. The professor merrily propels the sleigh onward, unaware he is spreading the very evil he hoped to destroy. +

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