Box art for Fearless Vampire Killers

Fearless Vampire Killers

comedy, horror


Clever comedy-horror film directed by Roman Polanski. An expert on bats, Professor Abronsius and his dim-witted assistant, Alfred, travel to Transylvania to try to find and destroy vampires.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    66%
  • Audience Score
    77%

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: He was evidently only trying to make fun of horror films, forgetting that horror films, played straight, are now more often funny -- unconsciously to -- than horrible.

- Bosley Crowther, New York Times, Monday, May 9, 2005

Fresh:

- Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Rotten: Has its few garlicky moments of delight.

- Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

4 stars

Polanski's vampire comedy is hilarious and cute. Polanski plays the sidekick in the movie, and he's a really good actor too. I really liked this movie, he has such a cool style and the story and characters are so funny. If you love vampire movies I highly recommend this one.

- ajv2688, Thursday, December 9, 2010

3 stars

I really don't understand why Roman Polanski ever decided to make a vampire movie in this fashion. You'd think that with all of his mastery in suspense, he would produce a truly terrifying film. However, the result is little more than cheap physical comedy and corny dialogue. I would say that I blame that more on the writing, but it's not excusable from such an amazing director. Truly my least favorite Polanski film.

- ythelastman89, Friday, January 1, 2010

2 stars

The comedy here seems to be more farce than humour (personally I didn't find it funny) but you can see which staples of the vampire film has been subverted or used for farce, especially if you've seen a lot of old horror films. The way it is shot also contributes to this.

- newvogueravyn, Friday, January 11, 2008