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Professor Ambronsius (Jack McGowran), a scientist in the field of bats &
vampirism, & his only student Alfred (Roman Polanski) have travelled to the
Carpathian mountains on the trail of the last vampires. Finally they reach
Chagal's (Alfie Bass) inn, a place littered with signs of vampirism (like
garlic hanging everywhere), but all the villagers seem less than likely to even
admit the existence of vampires, not even a nearby castle ... that is until
hunchback Koukul (Terry Downes) - a loyal servant of the local vampire - comes
to the inn & catches a glimpse of Chagal's lovely daughter Sarah (Sharon
Tate), & that very same night, the vampire - count Krolock (Ferdy Mayne)
comes to get her.
Chagal, desperate about hjving lost his daughter, goes
after the vampire ... but only the next morning, he is found sucked dry of all
& any blood ... but Ambronsius' attempts to properly stake the vampirized
innkeeper are cut short by Chagal's wife (Jessie Robbins).
Chagal soon comes
to life again as a vampire & even tries to suck dry his chambermaid Magda
(Fiona Lewis), but is interrupted while trying & escapes to the castle ...
which gives the professor & Alfred a notion as to where the castle is ...
at the castle late that night, Alfred & the professor find count Krolock a
charming & learned host, but that doesn't keep the professor from his
intention to stake him the next day ... which is prevented though when he gets
stuck in the window of the vampire's crypt, & Alfred doesn't prove much of
a vampire slayer on his own ... & when trying to save the professor, he is
sidetracked by finding Sarah, whom he has since fallen in love with, & whom
he promises to save, even though she shows little intention of being saved ...
Alfred finally finds time to save the professor, the vampires already start
leaving their graves, & after Alfred also had a near-fatal encounter with
Herbert (Iain Quarrier), the count's son, they get entrapped by the count on
one of the castle's towers.
However our heroes manage to escape the trap
&, disguised as vampires themselves, participate in a ball the count holds
this night, where they intend to save Sarah ... a plan that's almost spoiled by
the ballroom's mirror, which (since vampires cast no reflection) unmasks
Alfred, the professopr & Sarah as mere humans ...
Somehow however, our
heroes can make a getaway with Sarah, even shake the vampires & evil
hunchback Kukoul of their trail - when Alfred has to painfully encounter that
Sarah has already been turned into a vampire herself ...
the best vampire comedy of all times, thanks to great tongue-in-cheek acting
from all of the involved, very detailed sets & direction that would do many
serious vampire movies honour, carefully created atmosphere - something only
very rarely found in horror-comedies at all -, & knowledge & respect of
its source material.