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The Kiss of the Vampire (1963)

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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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Horror

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Release Date:

11 September 1963 (USA)  »

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Kiss of the Vampire  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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(Eastmancolor)

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

The car used in the film was built in 1903. Dialogue during the movie clearly implies that the car is new, suggesting that the events take place in the first half of the first decade of the 20th century. However, the car clearly has a AA (British Automobile Association) badge mounted on the front, of a type first used in 1911 and phased out by 1924. See more »

Quotes

Professor Zimmer: When the devil attacks a man or woman with this foul disease of the vampire the unfortunate human being can do one of two things. Either he can seek God through the church and pray for absolution or he can persuade himself that his filthy perversion is some kind of new and wonderful experience to be shared by the favoured few. Then he tries to persuade others to join his new cult.
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Non-Dracula Vampire Film From Hammer.
23 November 2013 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

Don Sharp directed this entertaining vampire tale(not connected with the Dracula series) that sees honeymooning Gerald and Marianne Harcourt(played by Edward De Souza & Jennifer Daniel) develop car trouble on their driving trip in Europe, but are aided by a Count Ravna(played by Noel Willman) who invites them to his castle for a costume party after they check into a local inn. The party takes a dark turn after Gerald is drugged, and told that he has no wife! Confused and outraged, he seeks the help of Professor Zimmer(played by Clifford Evans) who is also staying at the inn, and informs him that Ravna leads a vampire cult that turned his own daughter, and now wants Marianne... Another atmospheric horror from Hammer with a fine score and direction. A pity it couldn't have brought back Peter Cushing as Van Helsing, but performances are still good, and leads to an exciting finale.


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