This Day in Halloween: Hammer Films' Dracula-free vampire thriller "Kiss of the Vampire" opens across the U.S. in 1963. / Illustration by Blanca Dunwoody
Kiss of the Vampire opens across the U.S. in 1963. Hammer Films’ intended third Dracula film ultimately is an entertaining, formula vampire film with no mention of the character, but is a success. A badly re-cut version for American TV makes it rarely seen for decades, but a restored cut for home video revives it for a new generation.