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Writer:
Anthony Hinds (screenplay)
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Release Date:
11 September 1963 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Giant devil Bats...summoned from the caves of Hell to destroy the lust of the Vampires! See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Still Another Winner From The House Of Hammer See more (42 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
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)

Virginia Gregg ... Rosa Stangher (US TV version)

Sheilah Wells ... Theresa Stangher (US TV version)
Olga Dickie ... Woman at Graveyard (uncredited)
Horst Ebersberg ... (uncredited)

Dolly Read ... First Disciple (uncredited)
Stan Simmons ... Servant (uncredited)
Elizabeth Valentine ... 2nd Disciple (uncredited)
Fred Wood ... Gravedigger (uncredited)

Directed by
Don Sharp 
 
Writing credits
Anthony Hinds (screenplay) (as John Elder)

Produced by
Anthony Hinds .... producer
 
Original Music by
James Bernard 
 
Cinematography by
Alan Hume (director of photography)
 
Production Design by
Bernard Robinson 
 
Art Direction by
Don Mingaye 
 
Makeup Department
Roy Ashton .... makeup artist
Frieda Steiger .... hair stylist
Reginald Mills .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Don Weeks .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Douglas Hermes .... assistant director
Hugh Harlow .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Arthur Banks .... construction manager (uncredited)
Stan Banks .... master plasterer (uncredited)
Charles Davis .... master carpenter (uncredited)
Eric Hillier .... prop buyer (uncredited)
Kenneth Ryan .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Lawrence Wren .... master painter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Jim Groom .... sound editor (as James Groom)
Ken Rawkins .... sound recordist
Ken Nightingall .... boom operator (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Les Bowie .... special effects
Ray Caple .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
Brian Johnson .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
Ian Scoones .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
Kit West .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Peter Diamond .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Moray Grant .... camera operator
David Osborne .... focus puller (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Molly Arbuthnot .... wardrobe supervisor
Rosemary Burrows .... wardrobe mistress
 
Editorial Department
James Needs .... supervising editor
 
Music Department
John Hollingsworth .... musical supervisor
 
Other crew
Pauline Harlow .... continuity (as Pauline Wise)
Ronald Lenoir .... master rigger (uncredited)
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Kiss of the Vampire" - USA (poster title)
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Runtime:
88 min
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Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The film was released as a double bill with Paranoiac (1963).See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: 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:
Servant:[to Gerald] You keep away from here, or we'll set the dogs on you!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Pale Blood (1990)See more »

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8 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Still Another Winner From The House Of Hammer, 22 December 2007
Author: ferbs54 from United States

"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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