Kiss of the Vampire

Kiss of the Vampire

Director: Don Sharp, Clifford Evans, Noel Willman, Edward de Souza

Cast: Don Sharp, Clifford Evans, Noel Willman, Edward de Souza

     
 

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Remembered primarily as one of the Hammer vampire films that Christopher Lee did not appear in (the other being The Brides of Dracula from 1960), Kiss of the Vampire should nevertheless satisfy fans of gothic horror. The film is drenched in atmosphere, good acting, and contains some imaginatively staged set pieces including the bat attack finale. When

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Remembered primarily as one of the Hammer vampire films that Christopher Lee did not appear in (the other being The Brides of Dracula from 1960), Kiss of the Vampire should nevertheless satisfy fans of gothic horror. The film is drenched in atmosphere, good acting, and contains some imaginatively staged set pieces including the bat attack finale. When originally aired on American television, under the title Kiss of Evil, the film was heavily re-edited. But this disc contains the British version which is the better of the two. The picture has been letterboxed at 1.66:1 and is available with an English mono soundtrack. The picture is fairly clean, looking sharp and colorful throughout. The English mono soundtrack is virtually noise free and is likewise acceptable. Unfortunately, though, the disc does not contain the original theatrical trailer or any production information of any kind. Luckily, the film alone definitely makes this disc a must-own for your horror film collection.

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This non-Dracula entry in Hammer Films' collection of vampire films is a prototypical example of the studio's trademark approach to the horror genre. The Anthony Hinds script delivers a solid, traditional take on the vampire mythos that delivers plenty of scares as it gradually builds toward an impressive climax. Don Sharp directs the tale in a confident style, playing up its gothic atmosphere and consistently ratcheting up tension to draw the viewer in. He also pleases genre fans by turning in a number of effective setpieces throughout the film: highlights include the opening, in which a funeral goes horrifically wrong, and a masked ball that slowly shifts from elegant to unnerving as the sequence progresses. Performances are all strong across the board: Edward De Souza makes a charming protagonist but the attention-getting work comes from Clifford Evans as the obsessive vampire hunter and Noel Willman, who offers a quietly creepy turn as the vampiric Count. Also worthy of note is Barry Warren, who manages to be menacing in a subtle manner as the Count's son. The resulting film doesn't break new ground for the genre but it is a skillful programmer that offers the kind of moody style and chills that genre fans will enjoy. As a result, Kiss Of The Vampire is worth a look to anyone who enjoys the Hammer take on the genre.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/05/1998
UPC:
0014381428629
Original Release:
1963
Rating:
NR
Source:
Image Entertainment
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[monaural]
Time:
1:28:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Clifford Evans Prof. Zimmer
Noel Willman Dr. Ravna
Edward de Souza Gerald Harcourt
Jennifer Daniel Marianne Harcourt
Barry Warren Carl Ravna
Jacqueline Wallis Sabena Ravna
Isobel Black Tania
Peter Madden Bruno
Vera Cook Anna
Brian Oulton 1st Disciple
Noel Howlett Father Xavier
John Harvey Police Sergeant
Stan Simmons Servant
Olga Dickie Woman at Graveyard
Elizabeth Valentine 2nd Girl Disciple

Technical Credits
Don Sharp Director
Molly Arbuthnot Costumes/Costume Designer
Roy Ashton Makeup
James Bernard Score Composer
Les Bowie Special Effects
John Elder Screenwriter
Anthony Hinds Producer,Screenwriter
Alan Hume Cinematographer
Don Mingaye Art Director
James Needs Editor
Bernard Robinson Production Designer

Scene Index

1. Grave Side; Main Titles.
2. The Grand Hotel.
3. An Invitation to Dine.
4. Karl's Composition.
5. A Shroud of Mystery.
6. Who's Who?
7. The New Disciple.
8. Waking to a Nightmare.
9. The Professor Spells It Out.
10. A Changed Woman.
11. The Big Sevant.
12. Bruno's Fear.
13. Incantation Against Evil.
14. An Unseen Force.
15. Wings of Redemption.

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