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Love at First Bite (1979)

PG | | Comedy, Romance | 27 April 1979 (USA)
This vampire spoof has Count Dracula moving to New York to find his Bride, after being forced to move out of his Transylvanian castle. There with the aid of assistant Renfield, he stumbles ... See full summary »



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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lt. Ferguson
Reverend Mike
Judge R. Thomas
Flashlight Vendor
Guy in Elevator
Bob Basso ...
T.V. Repairman
Bryan O'Byrne ...
Hazel Shermet ...
Mrs. Knockwurst (Lady in Elevator)
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Erwin Newman (Cab Driver)
Danny Dayton ...


This vampire spoof has Count Dracula moving to New York to find his Bride, after being forced to move out of his Transylvanian castle. There with the aid of assistant Renfield, he stumbles through typical New York city life situations while pursuing Cindy Soundheim. But her boyfriend, Doctor Jeff Rosenberg, realizes she is under the influence of a vampire, and tries his bumbling best to convince police Lt Ferguson of what is going on, and to help him stop Dracula. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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Love is Always Better The Second Bite Around! See more »


Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

27 April 1979 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dracula Sucks  »

Box Office


$43,885,000 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


A sequel "Love at Second Bite" was touted but never eventuated. In 2009, after the popularity of the "Twilight" vampire film franchise, actor George Hamilton said of a proposed sequel, "Matrimony: Love at Second Bite": "It's terrific. It's all about old world school of Dracula in the Bela Lugosi 1940s up against the Twilight felons with humor, It's hard to do but it's great fun. I think 'Twilight' is a wonderful series of books. It's so important for these young girls with hormonal changes and this love that's worth giving your life for. But now I have to find a way to bring my 'Love At First Bite' character into that kind of story and make it funny and not be at all like 'Twilight' and I think I found a way to do that." See more »


The magazine the Count is reading in the first scene is shown in close up as "Pizazz", but in longer shots is "Ladies Home Journal." See more »


[first lines]
Count Dracula: Children of the night, shut up!
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References Roots (1977) See more »


I Love the Night Life
By Alicia Bridges and Susan Hutcheson
© 1977 Lowery Music Company, Incorporated
Performed by Alicia Bridges
Courtesy of Polydor Incorporated
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My all time favorite movie
14 June 2004 | by (Seattle, Wa) – See all my reviews

Say what you would like about Apocolypse Now, the Godfather, the Terminator films, the Alien series, Jaws, Rocky, Casablanca, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, or even (gulp) the Star Wars Trilogy, but Love at First Bite is for me the all time greatest movie ever. I cannot escape the Dracula legend (In fact my first and middle name is Christofer Lee) so it only seems fitting that this is my favorite. I love the story of Dracula coming to "modern" New York, and falling in love with a swinging super model. It is full of the most hilarious things ever committed to film (Art Johnson anyone?). Some of the funniest things are unintentional, it is so seventies and it even picks up some of the things that are today clichés about the decade (again it is my man Art).

The funniest banter between movie characters is at the beginning of the movie when Renfield identifies Gov't officials by the fact that they wear shoes. Get a copy of this, watch it and laugh for the next week. Everybody email WB and get them to release a DVD.

My Rating **** 10/10 and 3 thumbs up. As always I encourage the free flow of ideas. God Bless!

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