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The Kiss of the Vampire

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Genre  Horror
Screenplay  Anthony Hinds
Language  English
6.5/10 IMDb

Director  Don Sharp
Music director  James Bernard
Country  United Kingdom
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Writer  Anthony Hinds (screenplay)
Release date  11 September 1963 (1963-09-11)
Cast  Clifford Evans (Professor Zimmer), Noel Willman (Dr. Ravna), Edward de Souza (Gerald Harcourt), Jennifer Daniel (Marianne Harcourt), Barry Warren (Carl Ravna), Brian Oulton (1st disciple)
Similar movies  Hotel Transylvania 2, Dracula: Prince of Darkness, Dracula Untold, The Brides of Dracula, The Satanic Rites of Dracula, Blade: Trinity
Tagline  Shocking! - Horrifying! - Macabre!

The Kiss of the Vampire (also known as Kiss of Evil on American television) is a 1963 British vampire film made by the film studio Hammer Film Productions. The film was directed by Don Sharp and was written by producer Anthony Hinds, credited under his writing pseudonym John Elder.


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Gerald (Edward de Souza) and Marianne Harcourt (Jennifer Daniel), are a honeymooning couple in early 20th-century Bavaria who become caught up in a vampire cult led by Dr. Ravna (Noel Willman) and his two children Carl (Barry Warren) and Sabena (Jacquie Wallis). The cult abducts Marianne, and contrive to make it appear that Harcourt was traveling alone and that his wife never existed. Harcourt gets help from hard-drinking savant Professor Zimmer (Clifford Evans), who lost his daughter to the cult and who finally destroys the vampires through an arcane ritual that releases a swarm of bats from hell.


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  • Clifford Evans as Professor Zimmer
  • Noel Willman as Dr. Ravna
  • Edward de Souza as Gerald Harcourt
  • Jennifer Daniel as Marianne Harcourt
  • Barry Warren as Carl Ravna
  • Brian Oulton as 1st disciple
  • Noel Howlett as Father Xavier
  • Jacquie Wallis as Sabena Ravna
  • Peter Madden as Bruno
  • Isobel Black as Tania
  • Vera Cook as Anna
  • John Harvey as Police sergeant
  • Background

    The Kiss of the Vampire movie scenes

    Originally intended to be the third movie in Hammer's Dracula series (which began with 1958's Dracula with Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing, and was followed by 1960's The Brides of Dracula with Cushing alone), it was another attempt by Hammer to make a Dracula sequel without Christopher Lee. The final script, by Anthony Hinds, makes no reference to "Dracula," and expands further on the directions taken in Brides by portraying vampirism as a social disease afflicting those who choose a decadent lifestyle. The film went into production on 7 September 1962 at Bray Studios.

    The Kiss of the Vampire movie scenes

    This is the only credited feature film screen role of Jacquie Wallis, who plays Sabena.

    The film's climax, involving black magic and swarms of bats, was originally intended to be the ending of The Brides of Dracula, but the star of that film, Peter Cushing, objected that Van Helsing would never resort to black sorcery. In fact, the paperback novelization of Brides does use this ending.

    Alternate version

    Retitled Kiss of Evil for American TV, Universal trimmed so much of the original film for its initial television screening that more footage had to be shot to fill the missing time. Additional characters that didn't appear at all in the original release were added, creating a whole new subplot. Every scene that showed blood was edited out, e.g. the pre-credits scene in which blood gushes from the coffin of Zimmer's daughter after he plunges a shovel into it. Also, in the televised version it is never revealed what Marianne sees behind the curtain, a sight which makes her scream. A couple of the cuts result in scenes that no longer makes sense: while the theatrical release had Harcourt smearing the blood on his chest into a cross-shaped pattern (keeping the vampires away as he escapes), the televised version omits the blood-smearing, leaving the vampires' inaction unexplained.

    The additional footage shot for the televised version revolves around a family who argue about the influence of the vampiric Ravna clan, but never interact with anybody else in the movie. The teenage daughter throws over her boyfriend in favor of Carl Ravna (unseen in these scenes) who has given her a music box which plays the same hypnotic tune that he plays on the piano elsewhere in the movie. The middle-aged parents are played by Carl Esmond and Virginia Gregg (who gained fame by voicing Mother in three of the Psycho films), while their teenage daughter is played by Sheila Welles.

    Home video release

    In North America, the film was released on 6 September 2005 along with seven other Hammer horror films--The Brides of Dracula, Nightmare, The Evil of Frankenstein, The Curse of the Werewolf, Paranoiac, Night Creatures, The Phantom of the Opera--on the 4-DVD set The Hammer Horror Series (ASIN: B0009X770O), which is part of MCA-Universal's Franchise Collection. This set was re-released on Blu-ray on 13 September 2016.


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