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The Kiss of the Vampire

UK 1963
produced by
Anthony Hinds for Hammer
directed by Don Sharp
starring Clifford Evans, Edward de Souza, Noel Willman, Jennifer Daniel, Barry Warren, Brian Oulton, Noel Howlett, Jacquie Wallis, Peter Madden, Isobel Black, Vera Cook, John Harvey
written by Anthony Hinds (as John Elder), music by James Bernard, musical supervisor: John Hollingsworth, special effects by Les Bowie, cinematography by Alan Hume

review by
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Travelling through the Transylvanian countryside on their honeymoon, Gerald (Edward de Souza) and Marianne Harcourt's (Jennifer Daniel) car breaks down ... but luckil they find a hotel nearby, and then there's cultivated Doctor Ravna (Noel Willman), apparently the richest man in town, who invites them to his castle for dinner - and it is such a nice evening (even though at least for the audience it is totally apparent that Doc Ravna is actually a vampire), and Ravna even promises the Harourts to help them with their car, even if it will take a while.

The next evening, Ravna invites the Harcourts again, for a masque, where he has no problem seperating them and drugging them. The next day, Gerald wakes up still in the castle, and the Doctor's son Carl (Barry warren) throws him out and claims Gerald showed an inacceptably drunk behaviour the other night. But when Gerald asks about his wife, Carl claims Gerald has come alone. Everyone else in town can't remember Gerald's wife neither, claiming he was travelling alone - Gerald seems to be entering his own worst nightmare, until he meets Professor Zimmer (Clifford Evans), the village drunkard who is actually a vampire hunter, and he not only believes that Gerald's wife is held by Ravna, he also knows that Ravna's a vampire and he knows how to get rid of vampires ...

In the end, after Gerald and Zimmer have freed Gerald's missus from Ravna and his vampire breed, and Zimmer has all exits from Ravna's castle sealed with garlic, he starts a Satanic incantation that ultimately has the vampires elinminated by a swarm of (not very convincing) bats.


To get one point straight - no, Kiss of the Vampire is not a forgotten Hammer classic or the underrated and underappreciated masterpiece some critics want to make it ... it's certainly not on par with Terence Fisher's Dracula or Brides of Dracula, where these films were inventive, Kiss of the Vampire is merely repetitious, not to mention it's riddled with plotholes and leaps of reason.

However, all that said, Kiss of the Vampire is still a solid if formulaic piece of vampire cinema, greatly helped by Hammer's wonderful ability to produce period horror on a budget, and by great actors, first and foremost Clifford Evans' wonderful performance as vampire hunter who has to drink in order to live with what he's doing. Only Noel Willman as head vampire makes but a poor substitute for, let's say, Christopher Lee


review © by Mike Haberfelner


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