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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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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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The rubber bats used in the movie were bought from a local branch of Woolworths. See more »

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Marianne is seen wearing modern high-heeled shoes. 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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Still Another Winner From The House Of Hammer
22 December 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"The Kiss of the Vampire" is a Hammer Studios film from 1963 that should manage to surprise and impress even the most jaded horror fans. In it, British honeymooning couple Gerald and Marianne Harcourt run out of petrol near "Kronenbourg," Germany in the year 1910 or so (judging from their vintage automobile), and are soon befriended by the area's most prominent citizens: the family of castle-dwelling Dr. Ravna, a debonair host who just happens to head a clan of blood-loving vampires! Interestingly, these vampires differ somewhat from the type we've all come to know and love, in that they have a fondness for ordinary food and wine, and can walk about during daylight hours...as long as it's fairly cloudy outside. Still, they remain averse to garlic and definitely suffer from, uh, crucifixaphobia. But this film offers us much more than just a group of atypical neck noshers. "Kiss" has been beautifully photographed, boasts some truly striking sets (an "ornate coffin," Ravna calls his sumptuous home), and features a literate script and fine acting from its relatively no-name cast. There are also several impressive sequences: Ravna's son, Karl, playing his eerily dreamy piano composition; a flaming-hand cauterization following a vampire's "kiss"; a vampire masquerade ball; and perhaps the best pentagram/conjuration scene ever shown on film...at least, until "The Devil Rides Out" came along in 1968. And, without giving anything away, let me just say that the vampires are undone in this film in a manner I have never seen before. From its deliciously morbid vampire-funeral opening to its (perhaps too) abrupt conclusion, this concise little picture is still another winner from the great House of Hammer.


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