Although panned on its 1967 release, Roman Polanski's third English-language movie, a horror comedy, is a delightful oddity. There's a dream-like, gothic quality to it as Prof Abronsius (Jack MacGowran) and assistant Alfred (Polanski) root out a nest of the undead in wintry Transylvania. The climactic Vampire's Ball is strikingly mounted, and it's easy to see how Polanski fell for leading lady Sharon Tate.

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The Fearless Vampire Killers

Although panned on its 1967 release, Roman Polanski’s third English-language movie, a horror comedy, is a delightful oddity. There’s a dream-like, gothic quality to it as Prof Abronsius (Jack MacGowran) and assistant Alfred (Polanski) root out a nest of the undead in wintry Transylvania. The climactic Vampire’s Ball is strikingly mounted, and it’s easy to see how Polanski fell for leading lady Sharon Tate.