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Writer:
Anthony Hinds (screenplay)
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Release Date:
11 September 1963 (USA) See more »
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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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User Reviews:
Beautifully filmed Hammer Horror See more (41 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)
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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)
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1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
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Trivia:
The car used in the movie is an original 1903 De Dion Bouton model Q, loaned to Hammer by the National Motor Museum.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:
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.See more »
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15 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Beautifully filmed Hammer Horror, 4 October 2005
Author: The_Void from Beverley Hills, England

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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