The Kiss of the Vampire (1962)

UK, 1962
35mm, Eastmancolor, 1.66:1
mono, English

An American/British horror film directed by Don Sharp.

Plot Summary

A honeymooning couple, Gerald and Marianne, are stranded in a remote, middle-European village when their car breaks down. They are invited to stay at the castle of Dr Ravna, not realising that he's the leader of a vampire cult who has become infatuated with Marianne. It's up to Gerald and the vampire hunting Professor Zimmer to save Marianne from Ravna's clutches.


* = uncredited

Directed by: Don Sharp
© MCMLXII [1962] Universal Pictures Company Incorporated
A Hammer Film production
Produced by: Anthony Hinds
Production Manager: Don Weeks
Screenplay by: John Elder [real name: Anthony Hinds.[/mfn]
Assistant Director: Douglas Hermes
Continuity: Pauline Wise [real name: Pauline Harlow}
Director of Photography: Alan Hume
Camera Operator: Moray Grant
Supervising Editor: James Needs
Eastmancolour by Pathe
Music Composed by: James Bernard
Musical Supervisor: John Hollingsworth
Sound Recordist: Ken Rawkins
Sound Editor: James Groom
RCA Sound Recording
Wardrobe Supervisor: Molly Arbuthnot
Wardrobe Mistress: Rosemary Burrows
Make-up Artist: Roy Ashton
Hair Stylist: Frieda Steiger
Special Effects: Les Bowie
Production Designer: Bernard Robinson
Art Director: Don Mingaye
Produced at Bray Studios, England

Clifford Evans (Professor Zimmer)
Edward De Souza (Gerald Harcourt)
Noel Willman (Dr Ravna)
Jennifer Daniel (Marianne Harcourt)
Barry Warren (Carl)
Brian Oulton (vampire)
Noel Howlett (Father Xavier)
Jacquie Wallis (Sabena)
Peter Madden (Bruno)
Isobel Black (Tania)
Vera Cook (Anna)
John Harvey (Inspector)
Carl Esmond (Anton – in US TV version only)
Virginia Gregg (Rosa Stangher – in US TV version only)
Sheila Welles (Theresa Stangher – in US TV version only)
Olga Dickie [woman at graveyard] *
Margaret Read [1st disciple] *
Stan Simmons [servant] *
Elizabeth Valentine [2nd disciple] *

Alternative Titles

Kiss of Evil – USA (TV)
Der Kuß des Vampirs – Germany
Il mistero del castello – Italy
Vampyrens kyss – Sweden

Extracts included in
World of Hammer: Dracula & the Undead (1994)
World of Hammer: Vamp (1994)



  • The Daily Cinema no.8858 3-4 January p.4 – review
  • The Daily Cinema no.8870 (31 January-1 February 1964) p.2 – note (Commentary by Observer)
  • Dark Terrors no.14 (June 1997) pp.11-20 – illustrated credits, synopsis, production notes
  • Film Daily vol.123 no.22 (1 August 1963) p.9 – review
  • Gothique no.9 (October 1969) pp.4-8 – illustrated article (Back to Nosferatu! by John Ramsey Campbell)
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.176 no.22 (30 July 1963) p.3 – review
  • The House That Hammer Built no.4 (August 1997) pp.190-196 – illustrated credits, synopsis, review
  • Kine Weekly no.2878 (29 November 1962) p.6 – credits
  • Kine Weekly no.2934 (26 December 1963) p.16 – review
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.31 no.361 (February 1964) p.26 – credits, synopsis, review
  • Motion Picture Herald vol.230 no.5 (7 August 1963) p.867 – review
  • Variety 31 July 1963 – credits, review

  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.148
  • Cinematic by John L. Flynn pp.102
  • English Gothic: A Century of Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby pp.42, 118-20, 119, 124, 130, 137, 161, 166
  • Euro Gothic: Classics of Continental Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby pp.171, 195, 220, 221
  • Feature Films, 1960-1969: A Filmography of English-language and Major Foreign-language United States Releases by Harris M. Lentz III p.241
  • Hammer Complete: The Films, the Personnel, the Company by Howard Maxford pp.455-458 – illustrated credits, synopsis, review
  • Hammer Films Psychological Thrillers 1950-1972 by David Huckvale pp.106-112
  • The Hammer Story: The Authorised History of Hammer Films by Marcus Hearn & Alan Barnes 76-77; 182
  • Horrorshows: The A-Z of Horror in Film, TV, Radio and Theatre by Gene Wright p.185 – credits, review
  • by Walt Lee p.245 – credits
  • Sixties Shockers by Mark Clark and Bryan Senn pp.255-256
  • Terror Tracks: Music, Sound and Horror Cinema by Philip Hayward (ed) p.61
  • Top 100 Horror Movies by Gary Gerani pp.108-109 – illustrated credits, synopsis, review
  • Uneasy Dreams: The Golden Age of British Horror Films, 1956-1976 by Gary A. Smith pp.139-140

Other Sources

  • British National Film Catalogue vol.2 (1964) – credits, synopsis