The Kiss

Kernel of a decent story [by Stephen Volk], of an evil woman (Joanna Pacula) who passes on her powers via a kiss, is never fleshed out in the script. If the setups were hokier, they might have been funny.

With:
Nicholas Kilbertus Joanna Pacula Meredith Salenger Mimi Kuzyk Priscilla Mouzakiotis

Kernel of a decent story [by Stephen Volk], of an evil woman (Joanna Pacula) who passes on her powers via a kiss, is never fleshed out in the script. If the setups were hokier, they might have been funny.

There’s a chilling enough moment when the first devastating kiss is bestowed on the younger version of Pacula (Priscilla Mouzakiotis), but when the action moves back to present-day suburbia in the backyard barbecue of the Hallorans who are celebrating daughter Amy’s (Meredith Salenger) confirmation, whatever suspense is foretold dissipates quickly.

There are few connectives to link the elements of the plot. To add to the goulash, there’s a shrieking little monster that attacks Pacula’s victims, howling winds, mysteriously opened windows and other formula attempts to prop up this weak effort. Of the cast, Mimi Kuzyk is the one saving grace as the Hallorans’ neighbor Brenda.

The Kiss

Production: Tri-Star/Astral/Trilogy. Director Pen Densham; Producer Pen Densham, John Watson; Screenplay Stephen Volk, Tom Ropelewski; Camera Francois Protat; Editor Stan Cole; Music J. Peter Robinson; Art Director Roy Forge Smith

Crew: (Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1988. Running time: 101 MIN.

With: Nicholas Kilbertus Joanna Pacula Meredith Salenger Mimi Kuzyk Priscilla Mouzakiotis

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