Released as a double bill with Paranoiac, The Kiss of the Vampire finds Gerald Harcourt (Edward de Souza) and his new wife, Marianne (Jennifer Daniel), honeymooning in 1910 in a Bavarian forest (as you do!) when they run out of petrol and come under the influence of Dr Ravna (Noel Willman), the head of a vampire cult that includes his dashing son Carl (Barry Warren) and ravishing daughter Sabena (Jacquie Wallis).
Gerald manages to escape and – with the help of Professor Zimmer (Clifford Evans) – destroys the vampires in their lair.
Beautifully photographed at Hammer‘s Bray Studios at Windsor, the screenplay for this moody and intelligent film was by John Elder. The rubber bats used in the film were bought from a local branch of Woolworths.
Edward de Souza