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Tom Ropelewski (writer)
Stephen Volk (screenplay)
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Release Date:
14 October 1988 (USA) See more »
Just one kiss... to pass the curse! See more »
When Felice and Hillary were children, they were separated to live with other people. Felice went off... See more » | Add synopsis »
6 nominations See more »
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"We're lot alike. You and me." See more (23 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Joanna Pacula ... Felice

Meredith Salenger ... Amy

Mimi Kuzyk ... Brenda
Nicholas Kilbertus ... Jack
Sabrina Boudot ... Heather

Shawn Levy ... Terry

Jan Rubes ... Gordon Tobin
Céline Lomez ... Aunt Irene
Dorian Joe Clark ... T.C

Richard Dumont ... Abe
Priscilla Mouzakiotis ... Young Felice
Talya Rubin ... Young Hilary
Philip Pretten ... Father
Johanne Harelle ... Old African Woman

Tyrone Benskin ... Train Station Doctor
Shannon McDonough ... Eileen

Vlasta Vrana ... Bishop
Marty Finkelstein ... Boy in Classroom
Claire Rodger ... Nurse
Norris Domingue ... Security Guard
Robin Bronfman ... Stewardess
Nevin Densham ... Boy in Pool

Andrew Johnson ... Gunshop Owner
Pamela Collyer ... Hilary
Peter Dvorsky ... Father Joe
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Betti Carpman ... Woman in hospital room
Laura Carpman ... Baby in hospital room

Directed by
Pen Densham 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Tom Ropelewski  writer
Stephen Volk  screenplay
Stephen Volk  story

Produced by
Pen Densham .... producer
Wendy Grean .... line producer
Richard Barton Lewis .... producer
John Watson .... producer
Original Music by
J. Peter Robinson 
Cinematography by
François Protat 
Film Editing by
Stan Cole 
Casting by
Pennie DuPont 
Production Design by
Roy Forge Smith 
Art Direction by
Suzanna Smith 
Set Decoration by
Gilles Aird 
Costume Design by
Renée April 
Makeup Department
Charles Carter .... special makeup effects artist
Nicole Lapierre .... assistant makeup artist
Deanna Mathewson .... assistant hair stylist
Louise Mignault .... head makeup artist
Benjamin Robin .... hair stylist
Ronald J. Rolfe .... assistant hair stylist
Chris Walas .... special makeup effects artist
Production Management
Michel Chauvin .... unit manager
Wendy Grean .... production manager
Richard Marsan .... assistant unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Henry Bronchtein .... first assistant director
Ricky Friedman .... third assistant director
Pierre Houle .... second assistant director
Steve M. Davison .... second unit director (uncredited)
Art Department
Philippe Chevalier .... set dresser
Claude Jacques .... set dresser
Jean Kazemirchuk .... property master
Pierre L'Heureux .... carpenter
Suzanne Labrecque .... set dresser
Lise Pharand .... art department coordinator
Tristan Tondino .... head scenic artist
Sound Department
Don Cohen .... location sound recordist
Bruno DeGazio .... assistant sound editor
Keith Elliott .... sound re-recording mixer
Alison Fisher .... assistant sound editor (as Alison Fischer)
Alan Geldart .... sound editor
Austin Grimaldi .... sound re-recording mixer
Jack Heeren .... foley recordist
Thor Henrikson .... assistant sound editor
Penny Hozy .... adr editor
Andy Malcolm .... foley artist
Michael O'Farrell .... sound editor
Dino Pigat .... sound re-recording mixer
Peter Thillaye .... sound editor
Eric Zimmer .... boom operator
Special Effects by
Louis Craig .... special effects supervisor
Mario Dumont .... special effects senior technician
Jacques Langlois .... special effects
André Laperrière .... special effects technician
Pierre 'Bill' Rivard .... special effects
Antonio Vidosa .... special effects
Brenda Adams .... stunts
Peter Cox .... stunts
Steve M. Davison .... stunt coordinator
Marc Désourdy .... stunts
Stéphane Lefebvre .... stunts
Christine MacMahon .... stunts
David McKeown .... stunts
Jennifer McKeown .... stunts
Leslie Munro .... stunts
Alison Reid .... stunts
Pat Romano .... stunts
Michael Scherer .... stunts (as Mike Scherer)
Michael Scherer .... stunts (as Mike Sherer)
Dawn Stofer-Rupp .... stunts
Jérôme Tiberghien .... stunts
John Walsh .... stunts
Hisham Zayed .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Georges Archambault .... underwater photographer
Robert Auclair .... best boy grip
Jean-Marc Casavant .... first assistant Steadicam
Mark Champion .... additional photographer
Julian Chojnacki .... Steadicam operator
John Daoust .... key grip
Attila Dory .... still photographer
Mathieu Décary .... first assistant camera: second camera
Jacques Gauthier .... best boy electric
Pierre Jodoin .... camera trainee
Serge Ladouceur .... camera operator: "b" camera
Serge Ladouceur .... director of photography: second unit
Jan Mark Lapointe .... grip
Luc Lussier .... first assistant camera
Gilles Mayer .... gaffer
Eric Moynier .... second assistant camera
Daniel Prévost .... grip
Michel St. Pierre .... grip
Bert Tougas .... camera operator
Jean-Charles Tremblay .... director of photography: second unit
Jonathan Wenk .... still photographer
Casting Department
Rosina Bucci .... casting: Canada
Debbie Korper .... casting assistant (as Debby Corper)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mario Davignon .... wardrobe dresser
Pierre Perrault .... wardrobe master (as Pierre Perreault)
Editorial Department
Matthew Ennis .... assistant editor
Mark Lemmon .... first assistant editor
Peter Riley .... assistant editor
Music Department
Tom Boyd .... oboe soloist
John Elizalde .... music editor (as Jon Elizalde)
Bradford Ellis .... orchestrator
Ami Hadani .... music recordist
Peter Riley .... music editor
Michael Rockwell .... music recordist
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Don Stenstrom .... transportation coordinator: second unit
Other crew
Sylvain Auclair .... production assistant
Marc P. Beaulieu .... production assistant
Réjane Boudreau .... production accountant (as Rejane Boudreau)
Susan Bradford .... craft service
Michel Chauvin .... location manager
Suzanne Chiasson .... script supervisor
Michelle Dicairos .... nurse
Jean-Yves Dolbec .... production assistant
Lucie Dorion .... stand-in
Leslie Grierson .... production secretary
Kathleen Knox .... stand-in
Pierre Lapointe .... production assistant
Marc Larose .... production assistant
Sylvie Laurin .... bookkeeper
Lynn Mallay .... production coordinator
Suzan Morin .... craft service
Pierre Paquette .... production assistant
Gilles Perreault .... production assistant
Sam Reuben .... caterer: Rublanc Food Services
Anita Simand .... creative executive
Marianne Szabó .... production assistant
Marie Théberge .... script supervisor

Production CompaniesDistributorsSpecial Effects
  • Chris Walas (special makeup effects) (as Chris Walas, Inc.)
  • Intrigue (special effects supervision) (as Les Prod. de l'Intrigue)
Other Companies

Additional Details

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101 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

Shot in seven weeks.See more »
Amy:[frightened] What do you want?
Felice:[distorted] A kiss!
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Movie Connections:
References Fright Night (1985)See more »
Under My SkinSee more »


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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
"We're lot alike. You and me.", 21 April 2013
Author: lost-in-limbo from the Mad Hatter's tea party.

I wouldn't say this is boring, but in the end "The Kiss" didn't do too much for me. It's a commonplace witchcraft tale in what is a primitively decent little late 80's supernatural occult horror item. There are moments of creativity, from its story arches to its grisly, mean- spirited imagery (there being some neat twisted special effects on show by Chris Walas), but still evident is that it does seem to meander at times (who knew tree trimming could be relaxing), sometimes the messy plot just throws in things with no explanations (what about that ugly looking artifact statue and where the hell did that nasty looking feral cat come from?!), secondary characters are less interesting (although Mimi Kuzyk has her moments) and eventually the overall silliness takes control (wait around for the overblown climax involving a late-night dip). However it can be atmospherically tense and quite sexed-up with the mysteriously fetching Joanna Pacula seductively manipulating things to her advantage as this scarlet happens to be possessed by some sort of ancient curse that's passed on through the females of the same bloodline with a kiss.

The story opens up in the early 1960s in the Belgian Congo, where a young girl is inflicted with ancient curse from her auntie. Twenty-five years later, the girl Felice is a famous fashion model travelling the world, which suddenly turns up in New York after the strange accidental death of her older sister. There she meets her teenage niece Amy (a strong performance by Meredith Salenger), but Amy isn't so keen on her and wonders why her mum never talked about her. Yet Felice does have plans for Amy to become heir to this horrifying family legacy.

Generic and rather blotchy, but Pen Densham's direction etches out some style and Pacula has a hypnotic screen presence that not only intrudes on the family, but also the viewer.

"Amy if your curious about me, all you have to do is ask."

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