Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Kiss of the Vampire

Kiss of the Vampire (1963)

Directed by: Don Sharp
Written by: Anthony Hinds
Starring: Edward de Souza, Noel Willman, Clifford Evans, Jennifer Daniel, Barry Warren, Jaquie Wallis, Peter Madden, Vera Cook, Isobel Black

Hammer vampire movie, might as well be a Dracula picture (the main guy's name was 'Harcourt'), about an English couple who run into a family of vampires living in Germany. The woman gets 'initiated into the cult' or whatever and the guy has to team up with the local vampire killer and rescue her and stuff.

It seems to be the basic plot they used in The Fearless Vampire Killers. A lot of the stuff was sort of the same.

Anyway, the vampire dude in this one was so much like Christopher Lee it was kind of creepy. He had the same hair. Weird. I gather this was when Christopher Lee wasn't making Dracula pictures for whatever reason.

It wasn't quite as good as one of their Dracula pictures, I guess probably because it didn't have Lee or Cushing in it, but it still had nice sets and costumes and a few little quirky bits. The acting wasn't especially good, though.

It had about the coolest ending ever though. Van Helsing (or whatever) summons the forces of evil to destroy the vampires and then, like, all these bats come and eat them or something. Totally retarded. I loved it. Every movie should end like that.

I mean, the bats just take them out. It was truly awesome.

Another disturbing element, as my friend Mr. Blue pointed out, the vampire cult (cos everybody knows that all vampires are Satanists. And for some reason they sit in a massage line) was remarkably like the Jehovah's Witnesses. You know, "join our creepy cult" and all that stuff. Same thing.

I have a sort of fear of Jehovah's Witnesses, always have. I used to be scared they were going to come to my house. Not so much with the Mormons. I kinda like the Mormons. Maybe I'll convert. That'd put a spoke in their wheel.

Off topic again. I am easily distracted. I guess I've talked about this movie enough, I can stop now.


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