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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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Lt. Ferguson
Reverend Mike
Judge R. Thomas
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Bob Basso ...
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Bryan O'Byrne ...
Hazel Shermet ...
Mrs. Knockwurst (Lady in Elevator)
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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?


The newspaper headline read: "BLOOD BANK ROBBED OF 200 GALLONS". 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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Referenced in T.J. Hooker: The Lipstick Killer (1984) See more »


Fly by Night
Words and Music by Charles Bernstein, Joe Long, Steve Hines
Performed by Patricia Hodges
Produced by Joe Long and Robbie Adcock for Rolling Coaster Productions
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A rarity...a film with nary a distasteful moment!
26 October 2003 | by (Longmont, Colorado) – See all my reviews

Quite incredible this was made the same year as ALIEN. Seems a couple of generations earlier - a real throwback to 50's and 60's "family" movies.

Totally watchable and entertaining flick (which is somewhat MORE than can be said for Hamilton's follow-up, ZORRO THE GAY BLADE). The strength of the film lies in its principals. Hamilton as suave and out-of-the-20th-century-loop Count Vladimir Dracula, Susan St James in what was inarguably her best screen role as NY super model Cindy Sondheim, and ever-funny Richard Benjamin as Dr Jeffrey Rosenberg..a distant relation of Dr Van Helsing no less!

Both are in love with Cindy who is torn every which way emotionally, even allowing for her understandable concern as to the restrictive life of a bat in general. The interplay between Hamilton and Benjamin is often priceless. The film never really aims to be anything more than what it is - a lightweight romantic comedy with bite, and this becomes it well. Particularly cheerful little ending which adds pep!

Always to be remembered for the disco sequence and I LOVE THE NIGHTLIFE which still conjures up for me so vividly those dance-floor scenes. No way a masterpiece - simply a film which holds very pleasant memories for many people I imagine!

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