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Monday, June 10, 2013

The Fearless Vampire Killers (1967)

Starring Jack MacGowran, Roman Polanski, Alfie Bass, Jessie Robins, Sharon Tate
Directed by Roman Polanski
(actor & director credits courtesy IMDB.com)

A professor and his assistant hunt vampires in a remote district, but their efforts continually backfire.

Meant to be something of a comedy, Roman Polanski's film, which also features the director as the professor's youthful assistant, doesn't really have enough humor to qualify, although there are some inspired moments.  The impression one really takes away from this film is Polanski's emphasis on realism, with drab color and grungy-looking sets, and none of the Hollywood polish one expects in films of this type.  The exception is Sharon Tate, whose crimson hair and luminous beauty shines through in her brief scenes, making her real-life murder even more tragic.

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