Kiss of the Vampire

Kiss of the Vampire

Movie: Kiss of the Vampire
Director: Don Sharp
Produced by: Hammer Films, Universal
Released By: Universal
MPAA Rating: R

Producer Anthony Hinds used the alias John Elder to pen the screenplay of Kiss of the Vampire. Dr. Ravna, an early 20th century Bavarian, entices a British honeymooning couple, Gerald and Marianne, 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.

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