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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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Reverend Mike
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Judge R. Thomas
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Mrs. Knockwurst (Lady in Elevator)
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Erwin Newman (Cab Driver)
Danny Dayton ...
Billy
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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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I don't drrrink vine, and I don't smmooke sheet. See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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27 April 1979 (USA)  »

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Dracula Sucks  »

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$43,885,000 (USA)
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Trivia

According to the book "The Psychotronic Encyclopaedia of Film", the film's director Stan Dragoti "...was busted for cocaine possession in Europe on the way to Cannes to promote Love at First Bite (1979)". See more »

Goofs

Ar one point, Dr. Rosenberg prefaces his comments to Cindy with the words, "The first time this happened..." A few seconds later he refers to another incident with the preface, "The time before that..." This is chronologically contradictory. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Count Dracula: Children of the night, shut up!
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Connections

Referenced in T.J. Hooker: The Lipstick Killer (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

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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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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