On April 30th, 1988 Terry R. Wickham directed his 9th production as a director, a music video called “Kiss of Death.” This happened during a real prolific spurt, as it was the 2nd of 4 music videos Terry directed on 4-consecutive weekends (April 23 thru May 16, 1988).
The song was chosen from German metal band Warlock, headed by female vocalist Doro Pesch. This tune inspired Terry to write a gory tale of two promiscuous female vampires (Madison Di Loren & Helen Pappas) savagely murdering three guys one night.
Kiss of Death is particularly memorable for Terry but exactly for the most pleasant reason. The filmmaker had wanted to shot a scene of the sexy vamps strutting their stuff in a sleazy part of town.
Someone recommended what they felt would be perfect in the small town of Leesville, Louisiana. What the director didn’t realize is the stretch of road they started shooting on had a unmarked nightclub for young teenagers. When the concerned guardians saw the two hooker-like gals walking before this establishment, it forced one of them to call the police. Since Terry was in charge, he got arrested and taken to the police station. It ended up not being a real arrest, but rather a show of sorts to appease the irate mother and fathers.
The video was shot @ 400 Block CIF, Michigan Avenue and on Exchange Street outside the Bayou Theater on Fort Polk, Louisiana in 6-hours. Terry’s Army buddies James Daniels and Eric Schumaker played the willing victims and Terry made a cameo as the first guy to bite the dust.
Madison’s long-time friend Helen Pappas was visiting from New York and was quickly put to work as one of the seductive ladies of the night.
Kiss of Death was the first of three music videos William Gross acted as Director of Photography & Editor.