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The Kiss (1988)

After the death of her mother, a teenage girl is faced with bizarre supernatural occurrences when her mother's estranged sister arrives and begins to infiltrate her and her father's lives.


Pen Densham


Tom Ropelewski, Stephen Volk (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
6 nominations. See more awards »


Cast overview, first billed only:
Joanna Pacula ... Felice
Meredith Salenger ... Amy
Mimi Kuzyk ... Brenda
Nicholas Kilbertus Nicholas Kilbertus ... Jack
Sabrina Boudot Sabrina Boudot ... Heather
Shawn Levy ... Terry
Jan Rubes ... Gordon Tobin
Céline Lomez ... Aunt Irene
Dorian Joe Clark Dorian Joe Clark ... T.C
Richard M Dumont ... Abe (as Richard Dumont)
Priscilla Mouzakiotis Priscilla Mouzakiotis ... Young Felice
Talya Rubin Talya Rubin ... Young Hilary
Philip Pretten Philip Pretten ... Father
Johanne Harelle ... Old African Woman
Tyrone Benskin ... Train Station Conductor
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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. Written by Pat McCurry <ccgrad97@aol.com>

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Aunt Felice is like none other you've ever met...and she's coming to visit. See more »


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Shot in seven weeks. See more »


When the burned priest's hand appears out of the lift, the mechanics of the hand device are clearly visible. See more »


[Felice breaks through the glass doors towards Brenda and Amy; Brenda holds a gun at her]
Felice: [In an angry, raspy voice] You can't kill something that's already dead!
Brenda: Do you wanna fucking bet?
[Felice howls; Brenda shoots Felice in the head, but the bullet does nothing that kills her]
Felice: [raspy] You gonna die!
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Referenced in Look Who's Talking Now (1993) See more »


Poolside Blues
Music by Larry E Wiliams and Tom Canning
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I just need your body, baby, from dusk 'til dawn.
4 November 2015 | by BA_HarrisonSee all my reviews

After her mother dies in a terrible accident, pretty teenager Amy (the lovely Meredith Salenger) finally gets to meet her mysterious Aunt Felice (Joanna Pacula) but soon twigs that her mom's globe-trotting younger sister isn't as perfect as she makes out to be. Using the power of sex and voodoo, Felice controls the fates of Amy's loved ones, before attempting to pass on a very unusual 'heirloom' to her unwilling niece.

For a film about an ancient African parasite that is transmitted between female members of the same family by a kiss, this is quite the disappointment, a rather charmless movie with generic direction from Pen Densham, surprisingly poor effects by makeup wiz Chris Walas (Gremlins, The Fly), and flat performances from all except Pacula, who makes up for the other actors' seeming disinterest by really hamming it up.

Densham desperately tries to spice things up proceedings with a little gore and sex towards the end (Pacula going topless to seduce Amy's father), and randomly throws a hilariously naff zombie cat hand-puppet creature into the mix, but to no avail. This one could have done with a lot more gore and general outrageousness throughout in order to do the silly premise justice.

5.5 out of 10, rounded down to 5 for not going all the way with the 'necklace in the escalator' scene and for failing to get Salenger to take a shower (although, to be fair, she looks pretty great in that white swimsuit).

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Release Date:

14 October 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Host See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada See more »


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$6,000,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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