The Kiss of the Vampire (1963)
Do you know what I like best about watching loads of horror movies for Halloween? I like re-watching the old classics, like this little beauty from Hammer.
Kiss of the Vampire follows a British couple – Gerald and Marianne Harcourt (Edward De Souza and Jennifer Daniel) – on honeymoon somewhere in Europe, around the early years of the twentieth century. Their car breaks down, and they seek refuge in a nearby hotel. It’s quite clear, however, that all is not as it seems.
The couple are invited to dine at the local castle with Dr Ravna (Noel Willman) and his family. Although Ravna is in fact the undead leader of a vampire cult, hell bent on initiating Marianne into their group.
It’s perhaps not the most original plot, and there’s no Christopher Lee or Peter Cushing in this movie. Kiss of the Vampire is however a really good film, featuring convincing performances and excellent sets. The production looks high quality, with intricate, detailed sets that appear more lavish than usual.
Although it takes a while to get moving – this is no roller coaster ride, rather a slow burner – the quality of the acting and production keeps things entertaining. Not one for the adrenaline junkies, but a nice master class in old fashioned horror.