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Kiss of Evil

1963 1h 28m Horror List
88% Tomatometer 8 Reviews 58% Audience Score 1,000+ Ratings
A professor (Clifford Evans) in black rescues stranded 1910 newlyweds from a Bavarian doctor's (Noel Willman) vampire villa. Read More Read Less
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Geoff Andrew Time Out A beautifully photographed film. Feb 9, 2006 Full Review Eddie Harrison film-authority.com ...far more sophisticated than most horror or vampire movies, and the restraint is to be commended... Rated: 3/5 Oct 24, 2021 Full Review Andy Crump Paste Magazine The duality indulges in critique of wealth culture and classic horror tropes, and this, along with Sharp's craftsmanship and Hinds' writing, gives The Kiss of a Vampire an identity all its own. Rated: 8.6/10 Aug 20, 2020 Full Review Matt Brunson Film Frenzy Features one of the best openings found in any Hammer film. Rated: 3/4 Jul 20, 2020 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 2/5 Dec 8, 2004 Full Review Film4 Staff Film4 Director Don Sharp's first major feature was one of the studio's more subtle efforts and far more effective for that, with an intelligent script and striking use of colour. May 24, 2003 Full Review Read all reviews

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Jack S This slow moving but generally well made horror film is unfortunately marred by a silly and rather puzzling finale—I can forgive the weak special effects typical of a low budget effort from the 60s, however I simply can’t forgive the odd lapses in logic that occur in the last act. For example, one character invokes the devil at one point late in the movie to in fact, overcome a coven of devil worshipers! Huh! Rated 3 out of 5 stars 06/02/24 Full Review nick s Not too many thrills and spills for three quarters of the movie. It just didn't build a sense of ominous foreboding. The plot didn't make a lot of sense to me... conjure up evil to destroy evil? Also the special effects were not strong - bats on nylon lines and too much spaghetti sauce. Good acting though. The last 20 mins was finally a bit more entertaining, but finished too abruptly. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/26/24 Full Review Michael C "The Kiss of the Vampire" (Shown on American television under the title "Kiss of Evil") is another Hammer Film Production horror film. As is usually the case with Hammer films the color and production design are quite good. However, you know there is a problem when you have plenty of style but not an equal amount of substance. "The Kiss of the Vampire" is a very slow moving movie. It is unnecessarily drawn out. It's also a bit unusual to see a Hammer film without the late Peter Cushing or the late Christopher Lee, but I am digressing. The story is very dull. Not something you say often about a horror film. The cast is all well and good and give decent performances, but that is just one good point outnumbered by many flaws. "The Kiss of the Vampire" is not a terrible movie, but it is not a movie I would recommend. Hammer Film Productions has done better. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 01/23/23 Full Review Audience Member The beautiful,hypnotic score by James Bernard and the splendid technicolor(I call it Hammer color)is worth watching! Plenty of beautiful people in this one as almost all the Hammer films have plenty of eye candy to view!The ending is dramatic and real scary! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/15/23 Full Review andy f The use of Eastmancolour is glorious and the sets are nice but this is a typically overrated Hammer fare. One of the weakest vampire films I've seen, it is just pretty boring. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Gorgeous set pieces and cinematography, with a pretty cool gothic story. I dug the vampire cult aspect of it. But the film drags a little bit, and then had a completely shoddy and asinine ending. Would've been worth a watch for Hammer fans of that ending didn't completely shit the bed. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/01/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Movie Info

Synopsis A professor (Clifford Evans) in black rescues stranded 1910 newlyweds from a Bavarian doctor's (Noel Willman) vampire villa.
Director
Don Sharp
Producer
Anthony Hinds
Screenwriter
Anthony Hinds
Genre
Horror
Original Language
English
Release Date (Streaming)
Sep 14, 2016
Runtime
1h 28m
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