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Despite the '70s sleaze and feel to it, this is still a classic comedy
with many laugh-out-loud scenes, similar to the Dracula spoof Mel
Brooks put out in the '90s (Dracula: Dead And Loving It). Brooks must
have been inspired watching this film.
Susan St. James is okay in the female lead role here but almost all the laughs are produced by three guys: George Hamilton IV, Arte Johnson and Richard Benjamin. This has to be Hamilton's best role by far. He excels with his deadpan humor and restrained style as the famous "Count Dracula." Johnson, as "Renfield," still makes me laugh with his stupid laugh in here and Benjamin added a lot of spark to the film the moment he entered, playing the ultra-liberal psychiatrist who knows who Dracula right off and tries in vain to stop him.
Speaking of "liberal," this film is like something discovered out of a time capsule, if you want to see the most Liberal period in American history - the '60s and '70s - with the too-casual attitude toward sex, drugs and anything of moral value. St. James, as model "Cindy Sonheim," gives us Exhibit A of that, with Benjamin close behind.
Since all four of the major characters in here provide tons of entertainment in this hour-and-a-half, this movie always is fun to watch, no matter what era.
Hamilton is genuinely funny in this movie. That is much more than I can
say for the next one he did, Zorro, the Gay Blade. It was atrocious.
But in this one, he was honestly good, as was Susan St. James. Her
success on television in my opinion stemmed from her performance in
this movie. MacMillian and Wife was a wonderful series, but she shined
brightest in this movie.
The VHS release, however, has one major change I neither understand, nor can stomach. That wonderful climax where the two of them are dancing to the song, "I Love the Nightlife" and he is attempting to use his Vampyric powers on Suntime (St. James), has been negatively altered!
It now no longer contains that memorable song and the soundtrack has been changed to another song for that scene. I was highly disappointed with this change! It degraded the quality of the experience to the point of making it worthless!
If you can find this movie in its original format (before the change, that is) this movie rates an 8.2/10.
After the change, it's not worth a 1.0/10 from...
the Fiend :.
I'm big on the older vampire films--Bela Lugosi, Frank Langella (although Gary Oldman was darned sexy). "Love at First Bite" was a brilliant spoof of the original Dracula. The update of Dracula in New York has been redone many times but not as well as this. Okay, it's a little dated with the disco vibe and the clothing, but George Hamilton's campy accent and deep Dracula gaze were perfect. The writer and George Hamilton had obviously studied the Bela Lugosi version carefully, and there are many references to famous lines, e.g., "I never drink...wine." Reviewers who knock this movie don't know the source material very well. Richard Benjamin, Artie Johnson, and Susan St. James were a great supporting cast.
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Sad to think of vampire movies that get over looked, one of the big
ones' that is in my opinion one of the funniest movies you'll ever see
is called Love at first Bite. The first time we wonder what would life
be like for Dracula if he came into the present world and to take on
one of the toughest cities: New York City. Sure, he's big time in
Transylvania, but when it comes to America, he sure does loose his
fang. George Hamilton does a terrific job playing a tan Dracula and you
can tell he had so much fun getting into the role. He had such great
comedic timing and really created this movie. Love at first Bite is
something very special to me and I promise that you'll love it too. My
boyfriend makes fun of me all time on my love for vampire movies, but
when I showed him this movie, he nearly died laughing and loves it now.
Before Dracula: Dead and Loving it, there was Love at first Bite and it
is one of the funniest movies you'll ever see.
Count Dracula is expelled from his castle by the Communist government of Romania, which plans to convert the structure into a training facility for gymnasts. The world-weary Count travels to New York City with his bug-eating assistant Renfield and establishes himself in a hotel, but only after a mix-up at the airport causes his coffin to be accidentally sent to be the centerpiece in a funeral at a church in Harlem. While Dracula learns that America contains such wonders as blood banks, he also proceeds to suffer the general ego-crushing that comes from modern life in the Big Apple as he romantically pursues fashion model Cindy Sondheim, whom he has admired from afar and believes to be the current reincarnation of his true love. Dracula is ineptly pursued in turn by Sondheim's psychiatrist and on and off boyfriend Jeffrey Rosenberg. Jeffrey is the grandson of Dracula's old nemesis Fritz van Helsing but changed his name to Rosenberg "for professional reasons". Rosenberg's numerous methods to combat Dracula: mirrors, garlic, a Star of David, silver bullets, fire and hypnosis which are easily averted by the Count. After all, he doesn't want the Count to have Cindy on the good chance that he might be in love with her.
Where to begin on the laughter? "Children of the night Shut up!" is very possibly one of the best lines of all time. Or the scene that will have you in stitches when Dracula's coffin is misplaced and put in the middle of Harlem during a funeral, Reverend Mike says "Cuz when you is gone, you is gone! And there ain't no way, no how no one is ever gonna bring you back here once you is dead!" and Dracula rises out of the coffin and sends everyone screaming hysterically out of the funeral home, you don't get great comedic timing like that any more! Dracula's first night trying to get victims and of course in New York, no one takes a bat seriously a starving family even mistakes him for a "black chicken", God, that scene nearly kills me! Then of course you have to love the outrageous antics of Dr. Jeffery Rosenberg, who is so over the top in trying to kill Dracula he ends up going crazy. Every character in this film is great and the actors looked like they had so much fun making Love at first Bite. That is what makes a film so special is when you can tell the cast and crew put love into the film. Love at first Bite flows very well and while dated, I promise there is no way you'll watch this movie without getting at least one good laugh. I love showing this film to people who have never seen it before, they always get a good kick out of it. It's just a great movie, please watch it, you won't regret it.
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!
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"
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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This film still holds up after nearly 25 years (Plans for a sequel were announced recently).George Hamilton, in his best Lugosi accent, plays Dracula with humor and biting (pun intended) wit. One of those rare Dracula films where you do feel sorry for him and hope that he gets the girl. Richard Benjamin practically steals the film as Dr. Rosenberg, a Van Helsing descendant that doesn't get his info right. For example, after attempting to shoot Dracula with silver bullets and he finds out that it only works with werewolves, Rosenberg asks him, "Really? Are you sure?"
Susan St. James as the object of affection of both men(Although Rosenberg is a commitment-phobe)and does a pretty good job as a woman that wants to be taken care of, but wants her independence, too. Artie Johnson as Renfield is hilarious.
Sure, some of the scenes may make you cringe (The disco scene still bugs me, especially since "I Love The Night Life" is replaced on later versions of the VHS), but it can still make you laugh.
As a product of the 70's myself, I love this movie for the nostalgia.
It is SO on target. The version they show on HBO still has the
"Nightlife" song. The movie is a little hard on the Harlem stereotypes,
but that is how NYC was in the 70's.
I love the cheesy special effects but they fit with the spoofiness/goofiness very well.
I also think Richard Benjamin really steals the show with "It's OK...I'm a doctor". Having Dick Shawn along for the ride doesn't hurt either. I smile just thinking about it. Artie Johnson is also an excellent Renfield. I recently saw the Coppola version of Dracula, and would take this movie over that one any time.
Hamilton has always been a versatile actor who has been, for some reason, very much overlooked. This movie is, by definition, silly humor but the cast carries the story perfectly and anyone who needs a relaxing evening of an excellent love story will not be disappointed.
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this movie was Excellent and so funny, George Hamilton was perfect for
Dracula .. and Artie Johnson as "Renfield" was great too..
[SPOILER AHEAD] the part i liked the most is when Richard Benjamin is trying to kill off "Dracula" and he uses a Star of David, and then a silver bullet to try and kill him that way and it doesnt work, then he sets Dracula's coffin on fire and that doesnt work either, and Richard ends up in a mental hospital ... its just so hilarious.. and another funny part is when Dracula's coffin is delivered to a Funeral Home . and when he wakes up and sits up in the coffin it scares everyone off ...
I Highly recommend this movie.. its great !!!
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