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The Kiss of the Vampire (1963)

Unrated | | Horror | 11 September 1963 (USA)
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.

Director:

Don Sharp

Writer:

Anthony Hinds (screenplay) (as John Elder)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Clifford Evans ... Professor Zimmer
Edward de Souza ... Gerald Harcourt
Noel Willman ... Dr. Ravna
Jennifer Daniel Jennifer Daniel ... Marianne Harcourt
Barry Warren Barry Warren ... Carl Ravna
Brian Oulton ... 1st disciple
Noel Howlett ... Father Xavier
Jacquie Wallis Jacquie Wallis ... Sabena Ravna
Peter Madden ... Bruno
Isobel Black ... Tania
Vera Cook Vera Cook ... Anna
John Harvey 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)
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Storyline

Gerald and Marianne Harcourt are traveling by car when the car breaks down and they have to spend a few days in a small, remote village. It doesn't take long before they are invited to Dr. Ravna's castle. Without their knowledge, Dr. Ravna is the leader of a vampire cult, and he has become astonished by Marianne's beauty... Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Horror

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English | Latin

Release Date:

11 September 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kiss of the Vampire See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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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

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

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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Alternate Versions

The original UK cinema version was cut by the BBFC to edit some gore from the climactic bat attack. See more »

Connections

Spoofed in Dance of the Vampires (1967) See more »

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Vampire Rhapsody
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One of the best Hammer films ever
12 December 2005 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

A likable, attractive couple on their honeymoon become stranded in the middle of nowhere when their car breaks down. They do find an inn...and are mysteriously invited to a nearby castle where Dr. Ravna lives with his children. Seems Ravna and his children are the heads of a cult of vampires...and want the couple to join them.

Strange, moody but intelligent horror film dealing with a vampire cult. Despite the subject matter there isn't much blood--just a very bloody opening and an all out attack at the end--that's all I'll say--I don't want to spoil it for anyone:) It's beautifully filmed in rich color--the recent DVD release is exceptional. The acting is all good and there's a eerie masked ball sequence that is a highlight. My only complaint is the storyline starts to falter at the end and some things don't make sense. Abrupt ending too. Still this is easily the most beautiful vampire film ever made--it should be seen just for the sets, costumes and color.

Avoid (at all costs) the edited TV print which is retitled "Kiss of Evil". It's just dreadful.


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