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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 »
Awards:
1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
The Kiss Of The Vampire (1963) *** 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)
Kenneth Ryan .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Lawrence Wren .... master painter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Jim Groom .... sound editor (as James Groom)
Ken Rawkins .... sound recordist
 
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:
Continuity: When the newlyweds arrive at the hotel, they get caught in a sudden downpour. Water can be seen on their shoulders and on their hats, as well as on the wooden porch as they ring the doorbell. They are however bone dry when they step into the reception, despite the innkeeper remarking that they are soaked through.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 »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Pale Blood (1990)See more »

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6 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
The Kiss Of The Vampire (1963) ***, 11 February 2006
Author: MARIO GAUCI (marrod@melita.com) from Naxxar, Malta

As I lay watching this film, I was reminded all over again why Horror is my favorite cinematic genre: despite the absence in the cast of any major stars from the Hammer stable, this well-directed shocker is arguably one of their best efforts. The film is bracketed by two bravura sequences: the opening scene at the graveyard where an obviously drunk and distraught Professor Zimmer (the Van Helsing figure here vividly essayed by Clifford Evans as a boorish and cynical man) unceremoniously plunges a spade into the wooden coffin of his dead daughter thus releasing her soul from the curse of the undead; and the startling climactic destruction of the vampiric cult at the hands of (irony of ironies) some admittedly fake-looking vampire bats! As usual with this type of film, the young leads (Edward De Souza and Jennifer Daniel) are merely adequate but the film benefits immensely from a deliciously villainous turn by Noel Willman as Dr. Ravna, a worthy Dracula stand-in, whose soothing, calm composure and tonality starkly contrast with the more energetic antics of a Christopher Lee, but exude just as much evil. Although judging from the IMDb synopsis, the added-for-TV scenes (for an alternate version of the film entitled KISS OF EVIL) are nothing to write home about, I would still like to have seen them included as a supplement to the DVD - although apparently that would have been too much to expect from Universal...

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