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The Shadow King is a 1974 American gothic erotic horror film written, produced and directed by Roman Polanski. The film stars Roman Polanski, Sharon Tate, and the actor Jack Nicholson. The story is set in the near-future of 1987, in a fictional landlocked country of Iostya.


The year is 1987, and the country of Iostya is caught in a civil war.


Roman Polanski: He'd plays Avandth Marth, the Shadow King, an immortal vampire who feeds and drinks on the flesh and blood of his victims without remorse nor guilt.

Sharon Tate: She'd plays the mysterious Woman in Black, an immortal vampiress whose also the beloved wife of the Shadow King.

Jack Nicholson: He'd plays Lombard, a psychotically insane servant of both the Shadow King and his wife.

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