Film Reviews, Short Review

Dance of the Vampires [The Fearless Vampire Killers] (1967)


Comedy isn’t something you normally associate with Roman Polanski. Sure, plenty of his films are dripping with dark humour, of which the wonderful Carnage is perhaps the most outwardly funny, but even that film emanates from a rather black nuance. Straight-up comedy is completely alien to Polanski’s films, and The Fearless Vampire Killers proves why – though the cinematography and the art direction are utterly exquisite, the actual humour is mostly flat as a pancake. There are occasional laughs and chuckles, most of which betray the film’s debt to Chaplin and Keaton, but The Fearless Vampire Killers is ultimately completely inconsequential and forgettable.


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