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Principal photography began on 25 Aug 1987 in Montreal, Canada, according to the 28 Aug 1987, which referred to the picture as The Host. Nearly four months later, the 14 Dec 1987 issue of Newsweek indicated that filming was still underway.
       On 6 Jul 1988, DV announced that the title had been changed to The Kiss.
       The Kiss marked the first feature film produced by Pen Densham, Richard B. Lewis, and John Watson under their joint company, Trilogy Entertainment Group, and Densham’s first solo project as director. According to the 16 Aug 1988 DV, distributor Tri-Star Pictures gave Densham permission to film special footage for the trailer, which did not appear in the final film.
       Jan Rubes’s character is referred to as “Gerhard” in the film, although he is credited onscreen as “Gordon Tobin.”
       End credits state: “Special Thanks to: Roots of Canada; Philips Electronics Ltd.; Perry Ellis of Canada; Alfa Romeo of Canada; Nike; The Coca-Cola Company; Norman Leroux.”
       A scene in the film depicts characters "Amy" and "Brenda" watching the 1932 picture, Blonde Venus (see entry), but it did not receive an acknowledgment in ... More Less

Principal photography began on 25 Aug 1987 in Montreal, Canada, according to the 28 Aug 1987, which referred to the picture as The Host. Nearly four months later, the 14 Dec 1987 issue of Newsweek indicated that filming was still underway.
       On 6 Jul 1988, DV announced that the title had been changed to The Kiss.
       The Kiss marked the first feature film produced by Pen Densham, Richard B. Lewis, and John Watson under their joint company, Trilogy Entertainment Group, and Densham’s first solo project as director. According to the 16 Aug 1988 DV, distributor Tri-Star Pictures gave Densham permission to film special footage for the trailer, which did not appear in the final film.
       Jan Rubes’s character is referred to as “Gerhard” in the film, although he is credited onscreen as “Gordon Tobin.”
       End credits state: “Special Thanks to: Roots of Canada; Philips Electronics Ltd.; Perry Ellis of Canada; Alfa Romeo of Canada; Nike; The Coca-Cola Company; Norman Leroux.”
       A scene in the film depicts characters "Amy" and "Brenda" watching the 1932 picture, Blonde Venus (see entry), but it did not receive an acknowledgment in credits. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
6 Jul 1988.
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Daily Variety
16 Aug 1988.
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Hollywood Reporter
12 Oct 1988
p. 5, 18.
Los Angeles Times
14 Oct 1988
Calendar, p. 6.
New York Times
14 Oct 1988
Section C, p. 11.
Newsweek
14 Dec 1987.
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Variety
28 Aug 1987.
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Variety
12 Oct 1988
p. 20.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
Tri-Star Pictures and Astral Film Enterprises Present
A Trilogy Film Production in association with Richard B. Lewis
A Pen Densham Film
Produced with the participation of First Choice Canadian Communications Corporation
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
3d asst dir
Dir, 2d unit
1st asst dir, 2d unit
2d asst dir, 2d unit
2d asst dir, 2d unit
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
WRITERS
Story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
1st asst cam
2d asst cam
Addl photog
Cam trainee
Addl cam op
Addl cam op/Underwater cam op
Underwater cam asst
Steadicam op
Still photog
Still photog
Gaffer
Best boy
Elec
Elec
Key grip
Best boy grip
Generator op
Generator op
Cam car driver
Addl cam/1st asst cam, 2d unit
Dir of photog/Cam op, 2d unit
1st asst addl cam, 2d unit
1st asst addl cam, 2d unit
2d asst cam, 2d unit
2d asst cam, 2d unit
2d asst cam, 2d unit
2d asst cam, 2d unit
Gaffer, 2d unit
Gaffer, 2d unit
Best boy, 2d unit
Elec, 2d unit
Elec, 2d unit
Elec, 2d unit
Elec, 2d unit
Key grip, 2d unit
Grip best boy, 2d unit
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Art dir
Art dept coord
Art dept trainee
Storyboard artist
Art dept driver
FILM EDITORS
1st asst ed
1st asst ed
2d asst ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Set dresser
Set dresser
Set dresser
Set dresser
Prop master
Prop buyer
Set props
Const mgr
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Scenic artist
Swing gang
Swing gang
COSTUMES
Cost des
Asst to cost des
Ward dresser
Ward master
MUSIC
Mus ed
Mus ed
Mus rec at
Los Angeles, California
Mus rec at
Los Angeles, California
Mus rec at
Los Angeles, California
Mus rec by
Mus rec by
SOUND
Sd ed
Asst sd ed
Asst sd ed
Asst sd ed
Dial ed
Dial ed
Foley artist
ADR ed
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Foley rec
Loc sd rec
Boom op
Sd trainee
Sd trainee
Sd, 2d unit
Sd, 2d unit
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff supv
Spec eff supv
Spec eff tech
Spec eff tech
Spec eff tech
MAKEUP
Makeup & creature eff by
Chris Walas, Inc. crew
Chris Walas, Inc. crew
Chris Walas, Inc. crew
Chris Walas, Inc. crew
Chris Walas, Inc. crew
Chris Walas, Inc. crew
Chris Walas, Inc. crew
Chris Walas, Inc. crew
Chris Walas, Inc. crew
Chris Walas, Inc. crew
Chris Walas, Inc. crew
Chris Walas, Inc. crew
Chris Walas, Inc. crew
Chris Walas, Inc. crew
Head makeup artist
1st asst makeup
Hairstylist
1st asst hair
Makeup, 2d unit
Hair, 2d unit
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting
Canadian casting by
Canadian casting by
Prod coord
Unit/Loc mgr
Asst unit mgr
Scr supv
Scr supv
Asst to prod mgr
Asst to Mr. Densham
Asst to the prods
Asst to the prods
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Loc scout
Picture vehicle coord
Transportation coord
Driver
Driver
Driver
Honeywagon op
Honeywagon op
Office driver
Craft services
Craft services
Caterers
Public relations
Prod accountant
Bookkeeper
Unit/Loc mgr, 2d unit
Scr supv, 2d unit
Scr supv, 2d unit
STAND INS
Stunt coord
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
SOURCES
SONGS
"Under My Skin," music by J. Peter Robinson and Tom Canning, lyrics by Pen Densham and Richard B. Lewis
"Poolside Blues," music by Larry Williams and Tom Canning.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Host
Release Date:
14 October 1988
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles and New York openings: 14 October 1988
Production Date:
began 25 August 1987
Copyright Claimant:
153690 Canada, Inc.
Copyright Date:
14 April 1989
Copyright Number:
PA409511
Physical Properties:
Sound
Dolby Stereo ® in Selected Theatres
Color
Lenses
Lenses and Panaflex® camera by Panavision®
Prints
Prints by Bellevue Pathe, Quebec Inc.
Duration(in mins):
98
MPAA Rating:
R
Countries:
Canada, United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
28810
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

While living in the Belgian Congo in 1963, young Felice Dunbar is separated from her sister, Hilary, to live with their Aunt Irene, who derives dark powers from a cursed African talisman. On a train to Europe, Irene attacks Felice and aggressively kisses her on the mouth. At the final station, Felice steps off the train with the talisman, leaving behind her aunt’s mutilated corpse. Twenty-five years later, Felice travels the world working as a fashion model, while Hilary is happily settled in Albany, New York, with her husband, Jack Halloran, and teenage daughter, Amy. On the day of Amy’s confirmation in the Catholic church, Hilary receives an unexpected phone call from Felice. The estranged sisters arrange to meet, but Hilary is hit by a truck and killed. Five months after her death, Amy and Jack visit Hilary’s grave and encounter Felice, whom they have never met. As they become acquainted, Jack invites Felice to stay at the house, and an attraction develops between them. Although Felice attempts to get close to her niece, Amy is wary of Felice’s mysterious behavior and remains distant. During this time, several of Amy’s friends are hurt in a series of strange accidents, for which she believes Felice to be responsible. As her strength wanes, Felice takes Amy captive and begins a ritual to transfer her powers to the young girl’s body, thereby preserving her bloodline. She leans in for a kiss, exposing a small parasitic creature that crawls from her mouth and prepares to attach itself to Amy. Jack intervenes, grabbing and killing the parasite while his daughter escapes, and Felice’s discarded host body sinks to the bottom of the family swimming ... +


While living in the Belgian Congo in 1963, young Felice Dunbar is separated from her sister, Hilary, to live with their Aunt Irene, who derives dark powers from a cursed African talisman. On a train to Europe, Irene attacks Felice and aggressively kisses her on the mouth. At the final station, Felice steps off the train with the talisman, leaving behind her aunt’s mutilated corpse. Twenty-five years later, Felice travels the world working as a fashion model, while Hilary is happily settled in Albany, New York, with her husband, Jack Halloran, and teenage daughter, Amy. On the day of Amy’s confirmation in the Catholic church, Hilary receives an unexpected phone call from Felice. The estranged sisters arrange to meet, but Hilary is hit by a truck and killed. Five months after her death, Amy and Jack visit Hilary’s grave and encounter Felice, whom they have never met. As they become acquainted, Jack invites Felice to stay at the house, and an attraction develops between them. Although Felice attempts to get close to her niece, Amy is wary of Felice’s mysterious behavior and remains distant. During this time, several of Amy’s friends are hurt in a series of strange accidents, for which she believes Felice to be responsible. As her strength wanes, Felice takes Amy captive and begins a ritual to transfer her powers to the young girl’s body, thereby preserving her bloodline. She leans in for a kiss, exposing a small parasitic creature that crawls from her mouth and prepares to attach itself to Amy. Jack intervenes, grabbing and killing the parasite while his daughter escapes, and Felice’s discarded host body sinks to the bottom of the family swimming pool. +

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