Donald Sharp (born 19 April 1922, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia) is a British film director.
His most famous films were made for Hammer Studios in the sixties, and included The Kiss of the Vampire (1962) and Rasputin, the Mad Monk (1965). Also in 1965 he directed The Face of Fu Manchu, based on the character created by Sax Rohmer, here played by Christopher Lee. Sharp also directed the first sequel The Brides of Fu Manchu (1966).
Among his other credits are Curse of the Fly, the spy-comedy Our Man in Marrakesh (1966), the fantasy Jules Verne’s Rocket to the Moon (1967) and the 1978 remake of The Thirty Nine Steps, starring Robert Powell. He made another foray into spy culture with his feature-length reprise of the gritty Cold War TV drama, Callan (1974) starring Edward Woodward.
He also played the character Stephen “Mitch” Mitchell in the 1953 British science fiction radio series, Journey Into Space.
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Slow moving but dream-like gothic horror that boasts beautiful production design and cinematography. Unfortunately, the finale is ruined by rather atrocious special effects (even by the period's standards). Worth seeing if just for the masquerade sequence at the half-way mark, which plays like Hammer trying to do EYES WIDE SHUT as a gothic horror.
Kiss of the Vampire had a strong opening the fall into a dullness rut that it spent the next hour trying to get out of. The good news is that once said rut was over it came back with a vengeance. The story isn't anything you've never seen before but for as badly-executed as the finale was, it was definitely wild. Not Hammer's best work, but definitely good.