The Kiss of the Vampire (1963)

Unrated  |   |  Horror  |  11 September 1963 (USA)
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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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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 ...
Isobel Black ...
Vera Cook ...
John Harvey ...
Police Sergeant
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Carl Esmond ...
Anton (US TV version)
Rosa Stangher (US TV version)
Theresa Stangher (US TV version)


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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Release Date:

11 September 1963 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Kiss of the Vampire  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Universal Pictures delayed the release of this film by a few months so that a comparison could not be made with the concurrently released Hitchcock film The Birds (1963). See more »


When the newlyweds arrive at the hotel, they get caught in a sudden downpour. Water can be seen on their shoulders and on their hats, as well as on the wooden porch as they ring the doorbell. They are however bone dry when they step into the reception, despite the innkeeper remarking that they are soaked through. See more »


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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Vampiric Classic in Hammer Canon
21 February 2001 | by (West Hollywood, CA USA) – See all my reviews

Noel Willman proves a formidable unholy from the undead underground in this masterpiece from Britain's Hammer Films. A superior script, first-rate performances and the haunting melody of James Bernard's "Vampire Rhapsody" are as immortal as the studio that gave us Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing. Lavish set design, rich color photography, a climax unlike anything that had ever been tried before it make KOTV a towering, unfogettable achievement. Required viewing for all horror aficionados and those who love vampires in particular. Barry Warren is also especially wonderful as Carl, the cold, handsome son of Willman's Dr. Ravna.

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