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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:
Ominous and entrancing 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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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:
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:
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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Pale Blood (1990)See more »

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13 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Ominous and entrancing, 9 August 2000
Author: James L. from Somewhere in New Jersey

The basic plot: Gerald and Marianne Harcourt, a couple traveling through Europe for their honeymoon, break down in a small and secluded Eastern European village ,and one of the few places theyr'e welcomed is is the grand castle of the Count Ravna ,but when he turns out to be a bloodsucker and own a vampire cult and kidnap Marianne, Gerald must ally with reclusive vampire hunter Dr.Zimmer to defeat the vampires.

The praise:Ominous and entrancing. The scenes which are most effective are the ones when there is an air of unknowing and quiet terror, and a lot of creepy hypnotic feel. The masque scene is a masterpiece in structure, and Roman Polanski was definitely influenced by this in the making of his great suspenseful comedy "The fearless Vampire killers".The acting is solid , and the film is gorgeously ornate to look at, the Castle Ravna is being a place of complex architecture and decorative flourishes. The plot is pretty simple, but this small gem is all about mood.As well, the scene before Gerald and Marianne Harcourt come in is bloody good.

The flaws: The climax doesn't come together as well as the rest of the movie.

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