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Kiss of the Vampire (1963)

Kiss of the Vampire (1963)

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Producer Anthony Hinds used the alias John Elder to pen the screenplay of Kiss of the Vampire. Dr. Ravna (Noel Willman), an early 20th century Bavarian, entices a British honeymooning couple, Gerald and Marianne (Clifford Evans, Jennifer Daniel), to accept his hospitality. Once ensconced in Ravna's chateau, the couple discovers with horror that Ravna, Bavaria's biggest fan of Count Dracula, is the leader of an enthusiastic vampire cult. Clifford Evans plays the Van Helsing counterpart, Professor Zimmer, a vampire expert who first tries to warn the couple out of the area and then saves Marianne. Not as horrific as the title suggests, Kiss of the Vampire concentrates on the seductive, sensual side of vampirism, especially in a surrealistic masked-ball sequence. Though it contains far less bloodletting than most Hammer productions, Kiss of the Vampire was severely cut for its American TV release (and retitled Kiss of Evil).

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Cast

Edward de Souza
as Gerald Harcourt
Clifford Evans
as Professor Zimmer
Jennifer Daniel
as Marianne Harcourt
Noel Willman
as Dr. Ravna
Barry Warren
as Carl Ravna
Jacqueline Wallis
as Sabena Ravna
Brian Oulton
as 1st Disciple
Noel Howlett
as Father Xavier
John Harvey
as Police Sergeant
Stan Simmons
as Servant
Olga Dickie
as Woman at Graveyard
Margaret Read
as 1st Girl Disciple
Elizabeth Valentine
as 2nd Girl Disciple
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Critic Reviews for Kiss of the Vampire

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (1)

A beautifully photographed film.

February 9, 2006 | Full Review…
Time Out
Top Critic

The Kiss of the Vampire is a palm-rubbing good time for fans of gothic vampire stories!

August 30, 2005 | Full Review…

Director Don Sharp's first major feature was one of the studio's more subtle efforts and far more effective for that, with an intelligent script and striking use of colour.

May 24, 2003 | Full Review…
Film4

Some will doubtless argue the point, but Don Sharp's The Kiss of the Vampire (1963) may very well be the best of all the Hammer horror films.

May 20, 2003 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for Kiss of the Vampire

A movie from the Hammer Collection. This is an awesome movie for having been filmed in 1963. The color throughout the movie is excellent. About a young British couple traveling through the countryside when they run out of gas and stay at a local inn that nobody wants to stay at, reason being a vampire lives close by, and he invites this newly married couple into his home for dinner, no pun intended. So starts the typical Vampire steals girl away story, but its worth every bit of 4 stars.

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

½

Despite a strong opening, Kiss of the Vampire was a sort of jagged bore for the first hour or so. Most of the elements of a Hammer classic were there but it just wasn't coming together. Fortunately the last half hour saved this movie in spades. The story is as bare bones as you can get but the atmosphere is with any worthy Hammer movie great. The last half hour was great and made the entire dull first half completely worth it. The effects in the climax were to put it politely, dated. But the images were great. Definitely worth it.

Michael Gildea
Michael Gildea

Super Reviewer

This is a simple, but effective vampire movie. The story is simple but really good, the actors are pretty good, although I'm not familiar with them. Still, I really liked this movie, it's a good vampire flick.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

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