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The Kiss of the Vampire (1963)

Unrated | | Horror | 11 September 1963 (USA)
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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Giant devil Bats...summoned from the caves of Hell to destroy the lust of the Vampires! See more »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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(Eastmancolor)

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

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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Beautifully filmed Hammer Horror
4 October 2005 | by (Beverley Hills, England) – See all my reviews

Probably the most important aspect of Hammer Horror, for me, is the colour scheme. At their best, Hammer films are painted like no other, and it gives the films a very distinct style. The Kiss of the Vampire has the best colours of all Hammer films - it's astounding how great this film looks. The sets are lavishly designed, the costumes are magnificent and on the whole - the film looks exactly how you want Hammer Horror to look. This sort of style really deserves an equally great story to go with it...but in a missed opportunity of epic proportions, Hammer haven't been able to script as well as they've proved with earlier and later films that they can; and the result is a visually dazzling film, with a severely underwhelming story. That's not to say that the story is bad, essentially; just not very good. We follow a honeymooning couple, who take a wrong turn and end up in a strange little village. This soon attracts the attention of the most important man in the village, and the pair are soon invited to dine with him. However, he's also the leader of a vampire cult, and he wants more than just to have them for dinner...

The main problem where the plot is concerned isn't necessarily the story - as that's classic vampire stuff - but rather in the way that it's handled. It just goes too slow, and while this gives you time admire the scenery; I want a little more stimulation than that. It takes ages to get going, and it isn't really until the last half hour that it picks up properly. It's nice when it does, but really it's too little too late. The ending is very nice, however, and the effects are typical Hammer, and therefore very much enjoyed by me. The Kiss of the Vampire doesn't feature any of Hammer's big stars. This shouldn't really harm it, but it does. Part of what makes many Hammer films work is the fact that there's a centrepiece actor that you can admire even when the plot isn't too good. This film doesn't have that, and while the cast of lesser-known actors do their collective best to keep the film interesting; there isn't one unique enough to really take the reins. There's still a lot to like here, however, and despite the low points with the plot, The Kiss of the Vampire never actually becomes boring. Just make sure you see the likes of The Vampire Lovers and Twins of Evil first.


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