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The Kiss (1988)

When Felice and Hillary were children, they were separated to live with other people. Felice went off with a relative who possessed an unusual bloodline which was passed on to Felice via a ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicholas Kilbertus ...
Sabrina Boudot ...
Gordon Tobin
Aunt Irene
Dorian Joe Clark ...
Abe (as Richard Dumont)
Priscilla Mouzakiotis ...
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When Felice and Hillary were children, they were separated to live with other people. Felice went off with a relative who possessed an unusual bloodline which was passed on to Felice via a kiss. Now all grown up, Felice is a jet setting model, while Hillary is happily married to husband Jack with a daughter, Amy. One day, Felice calls Hillary and tells her she needs to pass her bloodline onto another relative. When Hillary is killed after the call, Felice slowly makes her way into the family so she can attempt at pass the bloodline onto Amy. Written by Pat McCurry <ccgrad97@aol.com>

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Just one kiss... to pass the curse! See more »


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Release Date:

14 October 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

O Beijo Mortal  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Shot in seven weeks. See more »


Father Joe: I believe you should leave!
Felice: You *believe*? If you *believed*, Father, I wouldn't be able to come in here!
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Referenced in Look Who's Talking Now (1993) See more »


Under My Skin
Music by J. Peter Robinson and Tom Canning
Lyrics by Pen Densham and Richard Barton Lewis (as Richard B. Lewis)
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I just need your body, baby, from dusk 'til dawn.
4 November 2015 | by See all my reviews

After her mother dies in a terrible accident, pretty teenager Amy (the lovely Meredith Salenger) finally gets to meet her mysterious Aunt Felice (Joanna Pacula) but soon twigs that her mom's globe-trotting younger sister isn't as perfect as she makes out to be. Using the power of sex and voodoo, Felice controls the fates of Amy's loved ones, before attempting to pass on a very unusual 'heirloom' to her unwilling niece.

For a film about an ancient African parasite that is transmitted between female members of the same family by a kiss, this is quite the disappointment, a rather charmless movie with generic direction from Pen Densham, surprisingly poor effects by makeup wiz Chris Walas (Gremlins, The Fly), and flat performances from all except Pacula, who makes up for the other actors' seeming disinterest by really hamming it up.

Densham desperately tries to spice things up proceedings with a little gore and sex towards the end (Pacula going topless to seduce Amy's father), and randomly throws a hilariously naff zombie cat hand-puppet creature into the mix, but to no avail. This one could have done with a lot more gore and general outrageousness throughout in order to do the silly premise justice.

5.5 out of 10, rounded down to 5 for not going all the way with the 'necklace in the escalator' scene and for failing to get Salenger to take a shower (although, to be fair, she looks pretty great in that white swimsuit).

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