Dance of the Vampires



Dance of the Vampires

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UK Quad (30" x 40") Single Sided

Country of Origin

British / UK


Very Fine plus; originally folded (as issued)


Roman Polanski


Alfie Bass, Ferdy Mayne, Fiona Lewis, Jack MacGowran, Jessie Robins, Roman Polanski, Sharon Tate, Terry Downes

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You’ll never know what bit you… but you’ll love it !… Who says Vampires are no laughing matter ?

A very desirable and equally hard to find British UK quad film poster for Roman Polanski’s spoof comedy horror “Dance of the Vampires” (AKA The Fearless Vampire Killers). This outstanding 1967 cinema poster features beautiful artwork by the French illustrator Clement Hurel and features a design unique to the British release which is the perfect complement for this landscape format. The caricature characters of Sarah Shagal (Sharon Tate) & the evil vampire Count von Krolock (Ferdy Mayne) take centre stage offset agains the key ‘vampire ball’ scene and of course no horror movie poster (even a horror comedy) would be complete without a dripping blood red title…all framed by an eerie green slime border. It’s really not hard see why this outstanding piece has gone on to become one of the most sought after posters from the 1960’s especially when you consider the tragic events and notoriety associated with Polanski and the brutal murder of his wife, Sharon Tate (this was one of her last performances) at the hands of Charles Manson’s deluded band of followers. Presented in excellent condition this impressive poster looks and displays to great effect with minimal handling and age wear. Original, unrestored folded (as issued) condition this is a lovely example of a classic British horror/comedy with lovely deep rich unfaded colours on what is a scarce item and represents a fantastic opportunity to own a piece of extremely collectable, classic British film memorabilia.

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Film Description

Dance of the Vampires Movie Poster

“The elderly bat researcher, professor Abronsius and his assistant, Alfred, go to a remote Transylvanian village looking for vampires. Alfred falls in love with the inn-keeper’s young daughter Sarah. However, she has been spotted by the mysterious count Krolock who lives in a dark and creepy castle outside the village.”

Dance of the Vampires (The Fearless Vampire Killers) is a film about Vampires directed by a Polish Holocaust Survivor is in itself even ironic. It is even more ironic to see that the evil Vampires are of German Stock, called “von Krolock”, and have some plans to dominate the world. The Jewish Vampire is never allowed to rest in the same place as their German Vampire creators, being portrayed as a second rate vampire, unfit to join the ranks of the “pure race” bloodsuckers. Another irony, another parody, Polish sense of humor at its best, very theatrical. The Vampires Ball Scene is absolutely captivating; perhaps it could be even interpreted as a parody of nobility and aristocracy itself. A bunch of dead-like people, actually vampires, perpetuating their old-fashioned traditions, dance in a castle. All rotten, dead, evil and decadent. The wintry landscapes, the beautiful snowy castle, the photography is just amazing, breathtaking, impressive. It does add indeed an eerie quality to the movie, some sensation of strangeness. Sharon Tate; oh, yes, she is very beautiful in this movie. Redheads always make excellent vamps. Here, you see an unsatisfied woman. Sarah, the daughter of the Jewish innkeeper who later turns vampire, is never at all in this world. She is discontent with her reality, and actually seems like she does enjoy the fact of having been abducted and seduced by the aristocratic bloodsuckers. She lived before in the oppressed atmosphere of a plebeian inn. But now, she does live in a dream-like castle. The story of Sarah is the story of a damsel in distress who is not actually such, and that actually does not want to be saved. Call it black humor, if you want. It is sad to hear Alfred when he talks to her in the ball, trying to save her, as she clearly does not want that….A curious mix of parody, ironic-cynical comedy, and actual horror and sadness. Indeed a very good movie, with a very good end. Oh, Sarah, your heart always belonged to darkness.


Vintage Movie Posters Grading Criteria

A poster that has never been used or displayed and may show the most minor signs of age and wear. The poster should have no holes or tears.

Near Mint
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Very Fine
A poster with bright colour and crisp overall appearance. It may have very general signs of use including slight fold separation and fold wear. It may have pin holes or very minor tears. This is the highest grade allowed for a poster that has been restored either on linen or on paper.

A poster with good colors and overall clean appearance. It may have minor tears small paper loss and minor stains. It may have some fold seperation.

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Most Popular Poster Types

US Posters

11 x 14″ printed on heavy stock paper. Used as display in theatre lobbies. Originally made in sets of eight. Some sets have a title card, which contains credits and artwork, essentially a mini-poster. The remaining seven cards are coloured photographic credits and poster artwork showing different scenes from the movie.

14 x 22″ printed on heavy stock paper with the top 4-6 inches usually left blank for the local cinema owner to fill in the cinema and the date it was due to play. Largely discontinued during the 1970’s.

22 x 28″ printed on heavy stock paper. The image displayed is normally a smaller version of the main poster, although some do have different artworks and sometimes come in two versions.

14 x 36″ printed on heavy stock paper. Inserts usually have the same artwork as a one sheet. Popular with collectors since they are smaller and easier to frame. Normally come tri folded or rolled.

40 x 60″ printed on heavy stock paper. Rare since they were primarily used for major motion pictures only. Designed to be used outside the theatre, on an easel, normally at a drive-in movie theatre.

27 x 41″ printed on paper. This is the most common size of poster, intended to be displayed in a glass “marquee” case. It is the most sought after size by collectors. Since the 1980’s most posters are sent to the theatre rolled and maybe slightly smaller measuring 27″ by 40″ and with the advent of backlit light boxes a growing number of modern movie posters are available double-sided and the more traditional single-sided.

41 x 81″ printed on paper. These were printed on two or three separate sheets designed to overlap, few survive. Used for larger advertising spaces, normally posted on walls, perfect for huge movie theatres the drive-in, where people could see them from a distance. From the 1970’s on, three-sheets were sometimes printed in one piece and issued as “international” versions to be used abroad.


30 x 40″ Most common poster size used in the UK. British Quads are horizontal and may have different artwork to the US one sheet. Like a US one sheet they normally come in two versions. Like a US one sheet they are usually supplied single-sided or more commonly now as a double sided poster.

27 X 40″, printed on paper. Very rarely used size.


13 x 28″ six inches shorter than the US insert, very nice size to frame. Italian poster illustrators are some of the best in the industry.

18 x 26″ Glossy, high quality, used as lobby cards in Italy. Size may vary, either vertical or horizontal format. There are also double Photobusta or mini Photobusta.

(DUE): 39 x 55″ This is the standard poster size used in Italy. Italian poster illustrators are some of the best in the industry.

(QUATTRO) 55 x 79″ Very large Italian poster printed in two pieces, often contains very beautiful artwork.

FRENCH Posters

47 x 63″ (GRANDE) or 24 x 33″ (PETITE) French movie posters normally come with different artwork to either the US or the UK. Like the Italian’s some of the artwork is extrememly beautiful.