Story: After the death of her mother, teenage Amy (Meredith Salenger) is visited by her unknown Aunt Felice (the amazingly beautiful Joanna Pacula.) When a series of accidents occur Amy suspects her aunt is responsible by using some kind of witchcraft. The truth is Felice is plagued by a family curse bestowed upon her when she was a young girl. She must now pass that curse on to Amy through a kiss before her body wears out.
The Film Itself: In my opinion, The Kiss is a very effective thriller from the late 80’s. Even though the plot is a bit thin, it was played off to full effect. I found the acting to be quite good from both the lead and supporting cast. I especially liked Meredith Salenger (Amy), Mimi Kuzyk (Brenda, the next door neighbor and friend of the family), and Sabrina Boudot (Heather, Amy’s best friend.) Then there’s Joanna Pacula who is absolutely stunning. She plays the character of Felice calm and cool until the end where she becomes ferocious as she will stop at nothing to get what she wants. The special effects were just ok. The evil cat in the movie was extremely fake looking, but the gore effects, for the most part, were well done. I should point out that this is not a gore flick. It does have some moments of gore, but it mostly plays as a suspense thriller. The film tends to drag here and there, but this does not take away from the overall enjoyment of the film.
Special Features: The Kiss is presented in widescreen & includes trailers for other horror releases from Columbia/Tri-Star. – neil a.