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A beautifully photographed film.
The Kiss of the Vampire is a palm-rubbing good time for fans of gothic vampire stories!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hammer's third vampire movie, though not part of the 'Dracula' series. Of interest for the representation of vampirism as a religious cult. Not one of Hammer's most memorable casts; only Noel Willman, as the vampire hunter, and Isobel Black, as a vampire, impress. Well directed and photographed all the same, and better than all but the first three 'Dracula' movies. Excellent climax.
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