This movie is pure genius. It mirrors other horror movies of its kind, yet it still stands on its own as a witty and well acted vampire flick that is unlike anything you've ever seen. The plot is simple. Two vampire hunters, Professor Abronsius (Jack MacGowran) and his assistant Alfred (Roman Polanski) travel across a picturesque, moonlit, snow covered Transylvania countryside stopping at a suspicious looking inn run by man named Yoyneh Shagal (Alfie Bass, who is a delight in this film) and his family. Yoyneh falls victim to the count and takes refuge at the castle. The next evening Alfred and Abronsius witness the innkeeper's daughter, Sarah (Sharon Tate), being kidnapped and whisked away to a castle by a vampire named Count Von Krolock (Ferdy Mayne). But before that happens, Alfred falls in love with the beautiful and beguiling Sarah which prompts he and the professor to go to the castle in an attempt to liberate her from the clutches of the vampire Count. The scenes at the inn and later the castle harken back to the mad capped chases of early 20th century silent films and are some of the wittiest I've seen of this or any genre. Once at the castle they meet the Count, his son Herbert Von Krolock (Iain Quarrier) and the Count's hunched backed servant Koukol (Terry Downes) . Alfred and Abronsius are shown to their rooms in the castle and it's then they meet the Count's effeminate son who takes an instant liking to Alfred. Alfred later discovers that Sarah is being groomed to become a vampire and the plot accelerates to Alfred and Abronsius covertly stumbling across a host of vampires exiting their graves to attend a ball where Sarah will be groomed for her new life as a vampire. Alfred and Abronsius plot to kidnap Sarah and escape the clutches of the Count and his hoard of the undead............ This movie does have its proverbial thorn. On August 8th 1969, about two years after this film was released and while Polanski was in Europe on a film, Sharon Tate, who at that time was 8.5 months pregnant with Polanski's child, and four other people were brutally murdered by the Charles Manson gang. Manson chose that residence because he had tried to get a record contract with producer Terry Melcher who had previously rented that home. Unbeknownst to Manson's gang , Melcher wasn't there and the rest is history. I had the misfortune of seeing online the actual photos of the murder scene and victims. I cannot help recalling those horrendous images whenever I watch this film and that, for me, casts a bit of a pall over this movie. Aside from that " The Fearless Vampire killers is a "must-have" and I very highly recommend this movie!!