The theatrical movie was well known for its signature song played during the disco sequence, the disco classic "I Love the Nightlife" sung by Alicia Bridges. Due to licensing issues, the song has been removed from most TV broadcasts and all DVD transfers, and replaced by a different song, a cover version of "The Man That I Love". The Bridges song is still listed in the closing credits, and is also heard on the original trailer (included on the DVD) which had it excerpted no less than three times. Fans of the song and the movie worldwide have been furious about its removal from the DVD release. Fortunately, "I Love the Night Life" was restored for the Region 1 Blu-ray released by Shout! Factory in 2015.
First of two late 70s/early 80s spoofs of legendary characters starring George Hamilton which rejuvenated his career and both involved him wearing black capes. The other was Zorro: The Gay Blade (1981).
This film and Nocturna (1979) released in the same year have a number of similarities. Both movies were horror-comedies featuring disco dancing, both starred an actor with the surname Hamilton (George Hamilton and Antony Hamilton) and both were set in both Transylvania and New York in 1979.
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."
In one scene, Dr. Jeffery Rosenberg / Van Helsing (Richard Benjamin) sketches a drawing of Dracula and headlines it "Dracula Sucks". Dracula Sucks (1978) had just recently been the title of an adult movie version of Dracula whilst the phrase "Dracula Sucks" had also been a working title for this comedy version.
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)".
As mentioned earlier, George Hamilton played Zorro and Dracula comedically in the 1970's. Coincidentally, both parts were played straight by Frank Langella, later an Academy Award winner, at roughly the same time: "The Mark of Zorro," a 1974 TV movie remake of the Tyrone Power film, and "Dracula," a 1979 movie.
[37:48]Product placement: When Dracula is at Cindy Sondheim's house, there is a can of Tab on the shelf. Proving once again that E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) was the first movie with product placement.