Review: ‘Dance of the Vampires – Pardon Me, But Your Teeth Are in My Neck’

Dance of the Vampires is a spoof on the Dracula theme. Roman Polanski is on a quadruple assignment. He produced, directed and collabed on story and screenplay with Gerard Brach and costars. Brach and Polanski wrote script in French and piece then was translated into English by Gillian and John Sutton [version reviewed is 91-minute US one, cut by Martin Ransohoff and disowned by Polanski.]

Dance of the Vampires is a spoof on the Dracula theme. Roman Polanski is on a quadruple assignment. He produced, directed and collabed on story and screenplay with Gerard Brach and costars. Brach and Polanski wrote script in French and piece then was translated into English by Gillian and John Sutton [version reviewed is 91-minute US one, cut by Martin Ransohoff and disowned by Polanski.]

Plotline (?) deals with an old professor and his assistant who arrive at a Central Europe inn in dead of winter on a crusade to hunt down and destroy the chilling mystery figures of generations of legends, the dreaded vampires who stalk Slovania.

Jack MacGowran [voiced by Warren Mitchell] cavorts as the nimble oldster and Polanski [voiced by David Spenser] plays his somewhat-dimwitted assistant, both up to the demands (?) of their roles. Ferdy Mayne is the menacing Dracula, and Sharon Tate, lady in question, looks particularly nice in her bath. Alfie Bass, the innkeeper; Iain Quarrier as the count’s effeminate son, who has some fangs all his own; Terry Downes, the toothy hunchback castle handyman (who might be Quasimodo returned), and Jessie Robbins, innkeeper’s spouse, lend proper support.

Dance of the Vampires - Pardon Me, But Your Teeth Are in My Neck

UK

Production

M-G-M/Cadre/Filmways. Director Roman Polanski; Producer Gene Gutowski; Screenplay Gerard Brach, Roman Polanski; Camera Douglas Slocombe; Editor Alastair McIntyre; Music Christopher Komeda; Art Director Wilfrid Shingleton

Crew

(Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1967. Running time: 107 MIN.

With

Roman Polanski Jack MacGowran Alfie Bass Jessie Robins Sharon Tate Ferdy Mayne

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