Dance of the Vampires (1967)

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Director: Roman Polanski
Cast: Jack MacGowran, Roman Polanski, Sharon Tate, Alfie Bass

Synopsis

Into Transylvania lurch Dr Ambrosius and his assistant, in search of vampires to stake. They are, however, powerless to prevent the vampirisation of a Jewish innkeeper and his household.

The Review

Getting this particular title from a genuinely uncanny vampires' ball sequence at the end, the film succeeds in balancing its parodic, generic and contemporary ingredients remarkably well: some of it is very funny, some very suspenseful, and the production has a hermetic, gloomy feel to it that is in sympathy with the secluded setting and doomed outcome. The spectacle of Tate passing from ingénue to undead femme fatale is a bittersweet one indeed.