The Kiss (1988) Movie Review

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The Kiss (1988)

1988 | R | Horror, Thriller, Drama, Fantasy
101 minutes / 1h 41min

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The Kiss Plot Synopsis:

When Felice and Hilary were children, they were separated to live with other people. Felice went off with a relative who possessed an unusual bloodline which was passed on to Felice via a kiss. Now all grown up, Felice is a jet-setting model, while Hilary is happily married to husband Jack with a daughter, Amy. One day, Felice calls Hilary and tells her she needs to pass her bloodline onto another relative. When Hilary is killed after the call, Felice slowly makes her way into the family so she can attempt at pass the bloodline onto Amy.

The Kiss (1988) Review

The Kiss (1988) is a Canadian-American fantasy drama occult-horror-voodoo style movie that was filmed in Montréal, Québec, Canada. Director Pen Densham (Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991), The Outer Limits (1995), Moll Flanders (1996), Backdraft (1991)) did an okay job executing this movie, but he did not put his best foot forward. The film contains partial nudity, adult content, minor frightening scares, bad language, violence, college student, voodoo, bible, murders, blood, black magic, and lots of stabbing.

The Kiss revolves around Felice (Joanna Pacula - Escape from Sobibor (1987), Tombstone (1993), Virus (1999)) who is a globe-travelling model and her estranged sister Hilary and her family in the late 1980s. Hilary (Talya Rubin - Mr. Nobody (2009), Joshua Then and Now (1985), Chase (2004)), her husband Jack (Nicholas Kilbertus) and teenage daughter Amy (Meredith Salenger) in Albany, New York. Hilary received a phone call from her sister Felice and invited her to visit her family in Albany, but Hilary dies not too long after in a gruesome car accident. Felice and Hilary did not live together when they were children. Felice lived with family members who had an unusual bloodline and transferred their bloodline onto Felice with a simple kiss. Felice told Hilary during their conversation on the phone that she needs to pass her bloodline onto another family member. Felice took her sweet little time to arrive about five months later. She quickly seduces Jack (Nicholas Kilbertus - Scanners (1981), Happy Birthday to Me (1981), Ford: The Man and the Machine (1987)) after her arrival and became enemies with Amy. Amy was excited to see her aunt at first but became suspicious of her after a lot of gruesome deaths start appearing everywhere after her arrival.

The movie was pretty decent for the most of it, and the acting was surprisingly good. I must admit that the director used a different technique for the killings as they were creative and very gruesome for the 1980s. Overall, the movie was a great watch and has been seen more than once by me throughout the years. Horror fans should give this film a try because it will not be a disappointment compared to a few movies made in (2015). The special effects could have been better as well as the sound, but it is hard to get everything perfect in a movie. The movie also had plot holes and a few goofs. I gave this movie a six because it was unique in its own way but was also a cliche in other ways.

  • The Kiss Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 6
  • Overall Score: 5.68
  • IMDB: 5.5

About The Kiss 1988

Title: The Kiss
Year: 1988
Runtime: 101 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Drama, Fantasy
Score: 3 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2.84/5 stars from 1,341 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 1,341
MPAA Rating: R
The Kiss Cast Starring: Vlasta Vrana, Meredith Salenger, Tyrone Benskin, Nicholas Kilbertus, Peter Dvorsky, Joanna Pacula, Andrew Johnston, Mimi Kuzyk, Talya Rubin, Johanne Harelle, Shannon McDonough, Marty Finkelstein, Shawn Levy, Claire Rodger, Philip Pretten, Norris Domingue, Robin Bronfman, Nevin Densham, Andrew Johnson, Pamela Collyer, Sabrina Boudot, Betti Carpman, Jan Rubes, Laura Carpman, Céline Lomez, Richard M Dumont, Dorian Joe Clark, Céline Lomez, Richard Dumont, Priscilla Mouzakiotis
The Kiss Writers: Tom Ropelewski, Stephen Volk
The Kiss Director: Pen Densham
Production: TriStar Pictures
Language: English
Country: Canada, USA