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Blu-ray Review - The Kiss of the Vampire

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Trying to keep their success with all things Dracula going, Hammer Films aims for a slightly different tale of monstrous menace with 1963's "The Kiss of the Vampire." Instead of mounting another take a single force of evil, the production heads into a more psychological direction for this period chiller, taking the slow road to the command of innocents, keeping more explosive genre elements to the final moments of the movie. Hammer isn't shy about using filler to get their run times where they need to be, and "The Kiss of the Vampire" certainly isn't a pulse-pounder. It does retain some eeriness courtesy of director Don Sharp, who guides a capable cast through compelling mysteries and unnerving acts of submission, coming up with an engaging genre offering that actually works best when dealing with silent horrors. Read the rest at Blu-ray.com

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