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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 ... 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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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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Shocking! - Horrifying! - Macabre! See more »

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Horror

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Trivia

Universal's TV version of the film deleted nearly the entire climax. 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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Alternate Versions

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

Connections

Referenced in O Beijo do Vampiro (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Vampire Rhapsody
Performed by James Bernard
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The Kiss Of The Vampire (1963) ***
11 February 2006 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

As I lay watching this film, I was reminded all over again why Horror is my favorite cinematic genre: despite the absence in the cast of any major stars from the Hammer stable, this well-directed shocker is arguably one of their best efforts. The film is bracketed by two bravura sequences: the opening scene at the graveyard where an obviously drunk and distraught Professor Zimmer (the Van Helsing figure here vividly essayed by Clifford Evans as a boorish and cynical man) unceremoniously plunges a spade into the wooden coffin of his dead daughter thus releasing her soul from the curse of the undead; and the startling climactic destruction of the vampiric cult at the hands of (irony of ironies) some admittedly fake-looking vampire bats! As usual with this type of film, the young leads (Edward De Souza and Jennifer Daniel) are merely adequate but the film benefits immensely from a deliciously villainous turn by Noel Willman as Dr. Ravna, a worthy Dracula stand-in, whose soothing, calm composure and tonality starkly contrast with the more energetic antics of a Christopher Lee, but exude just as much evil. Although judging from the IMDb synopsis, the added-for-TV scenes (for an alternate version of the film entitled KISS OF EVIL) are nothing to write home about, I would still like to have seen them included as a supplement to the DVD - although apparently that would have been too much to expect from Universal...


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Country:

UK

Language:

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Release Date:

11 September 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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