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When car trouble strands a honeymooning couple in a small Southern European village, an aristocratic family in the area reaches out to help them with sinister consequences.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Clifford Evans ...
Professor Zimmer
Edward de Souza ...
Gerald Harcourt
Noel Willman ...
Dr. Ravna
Jennifer Daniel ...
Marianne Harcourt
Barry Warren ...
Carl Ravna
Brian Oulton ...
1st disciple
Noel Howlett ...
Father Xavier
Jacquie Wallis ...
Sabena Ravna
Peter Madden ...
Bruno
Isobel Black ...
Tania
Vera Cook ...
Anna
John Harvey ...
Police Sergeant
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Carl Esmond ...
Anton (US TV version)
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Rosa Stangher (US TV version)
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Theresa Stangher (US TV version)
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Storyline

Gerald and Marianne Harcourt are traveling by car when the car breaks down and they have to spend a few days in a small, remote village. It doesn't take long before they are invited to Dr. Ravna's castle. Without their knowledge, Dr. Ravna is the leader of a vampire cult, and he has become astonished by Marianne's beauty... Written by Mattias Thuresson

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11 September 1963 (USA)  »

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Professor Zimmer's hotel room number is 13. He, and the hotel owners, are obviously not bothered by the usual superstitions connected to this unlucky number. See more »

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When Gerald stumbles down the stairs, he collides with the statue (a lion) on the banister, which moves, revealing its fake and flimsy nature. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Ravna: [referring to Marianne] I will not say that she has not changed in any way., Mr. Harcourt. She has, as you may put it, grown up - tasted the more sophisticated, more erotic fruits of... life.
Gerald Harcourt: [realizing that she has been initiated into vampirism] Oh, my God!
Dr. Ravna: [officiouly] God is hardly involved, Mr. Harcourt.
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One of the best Hammer films ever
12 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A likable, attractive couple on their honeymoon become stranded in the middle of nowhere when their car breaks down. They do find an inn...and are mysteriously invited to a nearby castle where Dr. Ravna lives with his children. Seems Ravna and his children are the heads of a cult of vampires...and want the couple to join them.

Strange, moody but intelligent horror film dealing with a vampire cult. Despite the subject matter there isn't much blood--just a very bloody opening and an all out attack at the end--that's all I'll say--I don't want to spoil it for anyone:) It's beautifully filmed in rich color--the recent DVD release is exceptional. The acting is all good and there's a eerie masked ball sequence that is a highlight. My only complaint is the storyline starts to falter at the end and some things don't make sense. Abrupt ending too. Still this is easily the most beautiful vampire film ever made--it should be seen just for the sets, costumes and color.

Avoid (at all costs) the edited TV print which is retitled "Kiss of Evil". It's just dreadful.


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