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Kiss of a Killer (1993)

A rapist stalks a witness endangered by the secret life she has created to escape her mother.


Larry Elikann


Margaret Yorke (novel), David W. Warfield (teleplay) (as David Warfield)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Annette O'Toole ... Kate Wilson
Eva Marie Saint ... Mrs. Wilson
Brian Wimmer ... Gary
Gregg Henry ... Richard
Vic Polizos ... Det. James
Amy Stoch ... Young Mrs. Wilson (as Amy Stock-Poynton)
Cassy Friel Cassy Friel
Jim Haynie
Lee Garlington ... Helaine
Gordon Clapp ... Sullivan
Marnie McPhail
Brian Smiar Brian Smiar
Francesca Buller
Amy Morton ... Reba
Stephen Burks Stephen Burks ... Howard


A repressed woman called Kate lives with her clingy elderly mother in their two story house. However, she unleashes her secret wild side at night, and goes to town looking like a true vamp to seduce man and has anonymous wild sex with them. One day, she sees a tow truck driver named Gary helping a woman whose car broke down in the middle of nowhere. Seemingly a decent and hunky family man, Gary turns out to actually be a genuine dangerous psychopath with a secret double life of his own - that of a brutal rapist. In the evening, he invades the home of the woman he helped that day and tries to rape her at knife point, but she fights back and tries to escape, so he beats her up, accidentally killing her. Since Kate saw him with the woman that day, Gary tries to track Kate down and shut her up for good just in case. Meanwhile, Kate's frequent anonymous one night stand, a man named Richard, decides to break his deal with Kate and contact her in 'real life', when she's not playing a femme ...

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Release Date:

1 February 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Baiser d'un Tueur See more »

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[last lines]
Mrs. Wilson: [as Kate finally leaves her] Kate. Kate, we can sell the house.
Kate Wilson: [solemnly] You do whatever you think is right with the house.
Mrs. Wilson: But you can have the money, Kate!
Kate Wilson: Mom, stop! It's no use.
[Kate heads to her car]
Mrs. Wilson: If you leave me, Kate, don't expect me to take you back! And don't you be surprised if I change my will!
[Kate puts her stuff in the car and gets in]
Mrs. Wilson: [sobbing] KATE! PLEASE!
[Kate drives away as her mother desperately cries out for her]
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Too many plots and not enough story
28 July 2005 | by sol1218See all my reviews

**SPOILERS** Underdevloped and overdone film that has at least four different plot-lines to it and not enough time, some 90 minutes, to fully explain them.

Kate Wilson, Annette O'Toole, has been living with her old and infirmed mom Mrs. Wilson,Eva Marie Saint, since her husband left her without any notice and with a full closet of his dirty laundry. Working as a real-estate agent by day and changing into a red hot party-animal at night has her mom wonder if she actually does spend all her nights away from her at home,chit chatting and playing cards, with her friend Reba like Kate tell her that she does.

One afternoon after work Kate,all dressed up to kill, is involved in a minor traffic accident with Betty Carlson and tow-truck driver Gary Smith aka Grafton just happens to come along to fix Betty's flat tire. From hearing them talk Gary finds that they both know each other from the Red Oak Inn. Gary turned on by Betty later sneaks into her house and after trying to rape her knocks her against the bathroom tub killing her. Gary paranoid that he'd be caught, because Kate saw him, is now on a mission to track her down and keep her from permanently talking to the police or anyone else.

The movie also tried to cover Kate's relationship with her mom and her pick-ups or boyfriends that she had at the Red Oak Inn. Were given glimpses of Kate's childhood and the circumstances of her baby brother, Lawrence,death that her mom held Kate responsible for. There's also the suicide of her Mrs. Wilson's husband Burton who kill himself shortly after Lawrence's died. On top of all that there's the fact that Gary is a good husband and father but has this hang up with young women who's only way of showing them any affection is by beating their brains out.

You put all this together in the movie with two detectives on the case of Betty Carlson's murder who, or at least one of them, acted towards old and sick Mrs. Wilson as if she were a captured Al-Qeada terrorist! That by the time it was over you had no idea just what it was trying to tell you? Was there a serial murder on the loose in the town of Santa Rosa? We were told that earlier in the film but Gary's killing of Betty came later in the movie and for all intents and purposes it was his first, and only, killing and it was also not planned by him but something that went terribly wrong on his part.

We also saw later in the film Gary not being able to murder Kate because he just didn't have it in him. So why were we given this red herring about a serial killer/rapist when he never was there in the first place? There was also a hint in the film of Kate having a lover that she frequently met at the Red Oak Inn. But later, like with Gary,it really didn't pan out since Kate never gave him her real name and was having affairs on the side with other men she met there at the same time she was seeing him.

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