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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.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Professor Zimmer
... Gerald Harcourt
Noel Willman ... Dr. Ravna
Jennifer Daniel ... Marianne Harcourt
Barry Warren ... Carl Ravna
... 1st disciple
... Father Xavier
Jacquie Wallis ... Sabena Ravna
... Bruno
... Tania
Vera Cook ... Anna
John Harvey ... Police Sergeant
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
... Anton (US TV version)
... Rosa Stangher (US TV version)
... 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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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Professor Zimmer's hotel room number is 13. He, and the hotel owners, are obviously not bothered by the usual superstitions connected to this unlucky number. See more »

Goofs

The location of the action is never specified, and no character mentions any place names. However, the setting and dialogue frequently mixes mix both German and French styles and languages. For example, the owner of the Grand Hotel is called Bruno (a name derived from the German for brown) and wears lederhosen, but calls the nearby castle a "Chateau", and refers to a "Herr Doctor" while speaking to a woman he calls "Madame". See more »

Quotes

Servant: [to Gerald] You keep away from here, or we'll set the dogs on you!
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Connections

Featured in The World of Hammer: Dracula & the Undead (1994) See more »

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Vampire Rhapsody
Performed by James Bernard
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Vampiric Classic in Hammer Canon
21 February 2001 | by See all my reviews

Noel Willman proves a formidable unholy from the undead underground in this masterpiece from Britain's Hammer Films. A superior script, first-rate performances and the haunting melody of James Bernard's "Vampire Rhapsody" are as immortal as the studio that gave us Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing. Lavish set design, rich color photography, a climax unlike anything that had ever been tried before it make KOTV a towering, unfogettable achievement. Required viewing for all horror aficionados and those who love vampires in particular. Barry Warren is also especially wonderful as Carl, the cold, handsome son of Willman's Dr. Ravna.


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