director Roman Polanski
I first saw Roman Polanski’s The Fearless Vampire Killers on “Elvira’s Movie Macabre” on July 10, 1982. Why can I pinpoint this so exactly? Well, thanks again, Wikipedia! (Elvira’s Movie Macabre Season 1) Oddly enough, I hadn’t seen it again since then.
Starring Polanski with Jack MacGowran and future wife Sharon Tate, it’s a bit of a madcap romp of a horror film. Beautifully shot and designed, the film looks amazing, but I’d be lying if I said that the humor works quite at the level that it attempts. I’d rate it at amusing, rather than funny, even at its best moments, and yet even so, it’s pretty entertaining across the board. It’s perhaps more interesting and interestingly conceived if nowhere as funny as Mel Brooks’ later Young Frankenstein (1974).
It would have been my first Roman Polanski film, and was probably my main point of reference for the very pretty Sharon Tate, who would die horribly and tragically only 2 years later.