Sept. 11, 2023

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 Filmsโ€™ 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.