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Release Date:
11 September 1963 (USA) See more »
Giant devil Bats...summoned from the caves of Hell to destroy the lust of the Vampires! See more »
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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  (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)
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)
Dennison Thornton .... publicity director (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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

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The film was released as a double bill with Paranoiac (1963).See more »
Anachronisms: 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 »
Servant:[to Gerald] You keep away from here, or we'll set the dogs on you!See more »
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10 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
worthy but slow, 8 September 2004
Author: dr_foreman from Brooklyn, NY

"The Kiss of the Vampire" has one hell of an opening scene, but after that, the viewer must endure about thirty minutes of Dullsville as a newlywed couple arrives in a creepy European town and interacts with the strange, subdued locals. Note that the entire village seems to consist of only three people: Professor Zimmer, the innkeeper, and the innkeeper's wife. There's the Hammer casting budget for you!

Thankfully, the action picks up during the creepy masquerade ball. I also enjoy watching our hapless hero (played by the somehow likable Edward DeSouza) get humiliated by the vampires when he attempts to rescue his wife.

The sets are cool and Gothic, if obviously studio-bound; this is the kind of movie that many would call cheap, but tolerant and loving horror fans would probably describe it as quite lavish.

I have some plot-related problems. Professor Zimmer's transformation from tottering drunkard to know-it-all savior is too abrupt and unconvincing. I can't understand why he doesn't stop the Harcourts from visiting Ravna, since he's so sure that the latter is a vampire. All he does is issue cryptic warnings - who's that going to put off? I also don't understand why the vampires try to convince de Souza that he never had a wife. Do they really think that trick's going to work? Of COURSE he knows he had a wife! They really should just kill or convert him; setting him loose to make trouble is an unconscionably stupid decision. Anyway, they drop this little lie so quickly that one wonders why they bothered in the first place.

Other problems include a scene involving whiny, panicking vampires (hardly the most terrifying villains), and the strange lack of music in the climatic scene. As usual for a horror film, certain casual asides in the dialogue are more interesting than the story itself; Zimmer describes his daughter's conversion into a vampire in the most fascinating terms, and even suggests that vampires can be redeemed through faith in God. All of which amounts to nothing, of course, since Hammer films can never be too deep. What we get is the usual fight over a pretty girl, the staple of vampire movies for way too many years.

Groaning aside, all Hammer films do have a certain charm, including the slow ones. A worthwhile attempt is made to make the vampires seem elegant and mysterious, and their eerie piano song does add to the atmosphere. I just wish the movie held up a little better; with a rewrite and some nips and tucks, this could've been one of the greats. Alas, as it stands, it's merely mediocre.

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