Dance of the Vampires (1967)

UK, 1967
108m (Germany), 124m (USA)
35mm film, Panavision, Metrocolor, 2.35:1
mono, English

A British comedy horror film directed by Roman Polanski.

Plot Summary

Professor Abronsius and his sidekick, Alfred, roam Transylvania in search of vampires. When Alfred falls in love with Sarah, an inn-keeper’s daughter, they find themselves drawn into conmflict with Count Krolock who throws a ball for a very select group at his castle…


Directed by: Roman Polanski
© MCMLXVI by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc.
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer presents. Made by Cadre Films/Filmways Ltd
Executive Producer: Martin Ransohoff
Produced by: Gene Gutowski
Production Manager: David W. Orton
Story and Screenplay by: Gerard Brach and Roman Polanski
Assistant Director: Roy Stevens
Continuity: Helen Whitson
Director of Photography: Douglas Slocombe
Camera Operator: Chic Waterson
Editor: Alistair McIntyre
Music Composed by: Christopher Komeda [real name: Krzysztof Komeda]
Sound Recordist: George Stephenson
Dubbing Mixer: Len Shilton
Sound Editor: Lionel Selwyn
RCA Sound Recording
Costume Designed by: Sophie Devine
Make up by: Tom Smith
Hairdressing by: Biddy Chrystal
Fangs by: Dr Ludwig Von Krankheit
Titles Designed by: André Francois
Production Designer: Wilfred Shingleton
Art Director: Fred Carter
Translation: Gillian and John Sutro
Choreography by: Tutte Lemkow
Made at M.G.M. British Studios and Associated British Picture Studios, Boreham Wood, England, UK

Jack MacGowran (Professor Abronius)
Sharon Tate (Sarah, their (the Shagals’) daughter)
Alfie Bass (Shagal, an innkeeper)
Ferdy Mayne (Count Von Krolock)
Terry Downes (Koukol, the hunchback)
Fiona Lewis (maid)
Iain Quarrier (Herbert, his (Von Krolovk’s) son)
Jessie Robbins (Rebecca, his (Shagal’s) wife)
Roman Polanski (Alfred, his (Polonius’) assistant)
Ronald Lacey (village idiot)
Sydney Bromley (sleigh driver)
Andrea Malandrinos, Otto Diamant, Matthew Walters (woodcutters)

Alternative Titles

The Fearless Vampire Killers – USA
The Fearless Vampire Killers; or, Pardon Me But Your Teeth are in My Neck – USA
Vampire Ball
– working title
The Vampire Killers
– working title

Extracts included in
Fearless Vampire Killers: Vampires 101 (1967)
Lionpower from MGM (1967)

See also
The Movies: 27 February 1967



  • Avant-Scène du Cinéma, L no.154 (January 1975) pp.3-51 – reprint, in French, of the original script
  • Cahiers du Cinéma no.200/201 (April/May 1968) p.119 – review
  • Castle of Frankenstein no.13 p.63
  • Castle of Frankenstein no.15 p.47
  • The Daily Cinema no.9450 (22 November 1967) p.7 – note
  • Fangoria no.238 (November 2004) p.70 – illustrated DVD review (DVD Dungeon by Scooter McCrae)
  • Film vol.23 no.3 (21 January 1968) p.3 – review
  • Film Daily vol.131 no.90 (14 November 1967) pp.1, 3 – note
  • Film Daily, The vol.131 no.95 (21 November 1967) p.6 – review
  • Films and Filming vol.15 no.4 (January 1969 p.40 – review
  • Films and Filming no.351 (December 1983) p.43 – article
  • Hollywood no.6 (April 1996) p.72 – review (by Jasna Nanut)
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.198 no.21 (14 November 1967) p.3 – credits, review
  • Kine Weekly no.3191 (7 December 1968) p.19 – review
  • The Listener vol.116 no.2979 (25 September) 1986 p.28 – review
  • The Listener vol.119 no.3066 (9 June 1988) pp.41-42 – review
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.36 no.420 (January 1969 p.4 – credits, synopsis, review
  • Music from the Movies (USA) no.47 (2005) pp.70-71 – illustrated soundtrack review (Film Music Review: Archival: The Fearless Vampire Killers by Alistair Hewitt)
  • Premiere vol.18 no.3 November 2004 p.101 – illustrated DVD review (The Fearless Vampire Killers by G.K.)
  • Sight & Sound vol.15 no.2 (February 2005) p.83 – DVD review (The Fearless Vampire Killers by Geoffrey Macnab)
  • Sight & Sound vol.15 no.10 (October 2005) pp.20-26 – illustrated article (Roman Polanski: The insider by Mark Cousins)
  • Variety 15 November 1967 pages 6 – note
  • Video Watchdog Special Edition no. 1 p.13 – review


  • Diário de Notícias 13 February 1999 p.54 – review
  • Expresso, Antena 13 February 1999 – review (by Manuel Cintra Ferreira)


  • 500 Essential Cult Movies: The Ultimate Guide by Jennifer Eiss with J.P. Rutter and Steve White p.294 – illustrated credits, synopsis, review
  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.188
  • Cinematic Vampires by John L. Flynn pp.142-144
  • Comedy-Horror Films: A Chronological History, 1914-2008 by Bruce G. Hallenbeck pp.81-86 – review; credits
  • Dracula in the Dark: The Dracula Film Adaptations by James Craig Holte pp.66, 70 – note
  • Dracula in Visual Media: Film, Television, Comic Book and Electronic Game Appearances, 1921-2010 by John Edgar Browning and Caroline Joan (Kay) Picart pp.86-87
  • English Gothic: A Century of Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby pp.166
  • Euro Gothic: Classics of Continental Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby pp.221, 224
  • Feature Films, 1960-1969: A Filmography of English-language and Major Foreign-language United States Releases by Harris M. Lentz III p.136
  • Hoffman’s Guide to SF, Horror and Fantasy Movies 1991-1992 p.133 – credits, review
  • Horrorshows: The A-Z of Horror in Film, TV, Radio and Theatre by Gene Wright p.182-183 – illustrated credits, review
  • Illustrated Vampire Movie Guide by Stephen Jones p.46 – credits
  • Kine & TV Year Book 1968 p.109
  • Movies of the 60s by Jürgen Müller pp.538-543 – illustrated review (by SR [Stephan Reisner])
  • Reference Guide to Fantastic Films by Walt Lee p.136 – credits
  • Sixties Shockers by Mark Clark and Bryan Senn pp.175-176
  • Uneasy Dreams: The Golden Age of British Horror Films, 1956-1976 by Gary A. Smith pp.67-68
  • World Filmography 1968 by Peter Cowie (ed.) p.196