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The Kiss (1988)

After the death of her mother, a teenage girl is faced with bizarre supernatural occurrences when her mother's estranged sister arrives and begins to infiltrate her and her father's lives.


Pen Densham


Tom Ropelewski, Stephen Volk (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joanna Pacula ... Felice
Meredith Salenger ... Amy
Mimi Kuzyk ... Brenda
Nicholas Kilbertus Nicholas Kilbertus ... Jack
Sabrina Boudot Sabrina Boudot ... Heather
Shawn Levy ... Terry
Jan Rubes ... Gordon Tobin
Céline Lomez ... Aunt Irene
Dorian Joe Clark Dorian Joe Clark ... T.C
Richard M Dumont ... Abe (as Richard Dumont)
Priscilla Mouzakiotis Priscilla Mouzakiotis ... Young Felice
Talya Rubin Talya Rubin ... Young Hilary
Philip Pretten Philip Pretten ... Father
Johanne Harelle ... Old African Woman
Tyrone Benskin ... Train Station Conductor


When Felice and Hilary 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 Hilary is happily married to husband Jack with a daughter, Amy. One day, Felice calls Hilary and tells her she needs to pass her bloodline onto another relative. When Hilary 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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Pucker up and get ready to die! See more »


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Shot in seven weeks. See more »


When the burned priest's hand appears out of the lift, the mechanics of the hand device are clearly visible. See more »


Amy: [frightened] What do you want?
Felice: [distorted] A kiss!
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Features Blonde Venus (1932) 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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Decent enough witchcraft yarn
14 October 2007 | by The_VoidSee all my reviews

Well, I didn't go into this film expecting anything great; I was really just hoping for a decent timewaster along the same lines as Wes Craven made for TV opus 'Summer of Fear', and that's more or less what I got; though it cant be said that this film isn't as good as Craven's. The film is a mix of two very basic and very common horror themes; namely, the insider who works their way into a family unit, and of course the idea of witchcraft. After the first fifteen minutes, I feared the worst because = the way that the plot is set up is very messy; and that's never a good sign in a simple film like this one! However, it soon settles down and once I got an idea of what to expect, I found that the film became easier to enjoy. The film starts with two sisters in 1963 that get split up. One of them goes off with a relative who passes onto her a strange curse via a kiss. We then cut to twenty five years later, and the other sister has died in a car accident; leaving her husband and daughter behind. Then onto the scene comes the cursed sister, who wants her niece to bear her curse...

It has to be said that this film could have been better if have handled by someone more adept, and if it had a better focus. The plot soon becomes predictable, and there are several things about it that don't make sense, and the film often veers off on a tangent with certain things that aren't really relevant. The Kiss seems to have taken a bit of influence from The Omen with regards to the way that the death scenes are carried out; mostly excessive and random, but also quite imaginative: the death scene on an escalator is well done...though the clues preceding it spoil the surprise. None of the characters are particularly interesting, which is a shame considering that the main one is a conniving witch. However, the film never becomes too boring. The special effects aren't over-used, but what we do get is generally quite realistic; the only exception to this rule being an aggressive cat, which looks like a stuffed toy. It all boils down to an exciting and explosive finale, which also happens to be the best ten minutes of the film. Overall, I won't be going round recommending this film to people; but there's worse ways to spend ninety minutes of your life.

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14 October 1988 (USA) See more »

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Montréal, Québec, Canada See more »


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