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Once Bitten (1985)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Horror | 15 November 1985 (USA)
A vampire Countess needs to drink the blood of a virgin in order to keep her eternal beauty. It seems that all is hopeless, until she bumps into Mark Kendall.

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World War I Ace Vampire (as Jeb Adams)
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Confederate Vampire
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Cabin Boy Vampire
Robin Klein ...
Flowerchild Vampire
Glen Mauro ...
Twin Vampire #1
Gary Mauro ...
Twin Vampire #2
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Moll Flanders Vampire
Peter Elbling ...
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Mr. Kendall
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Storyline

The Countess has a problem. She is a 400 year old vampire who will cease to look young unless she is able to feed on a virgin three times before the upcoming Halloween, a week away. She sends Sebastian, her servant and all of her lesser vampires out to find one. Finding a virgin is difficult in 1980s Los Angeles. Mark has a problem. He wants to 'do it' with Robin in the worst way, but she wants to wait. Jamie and Russ, Mark's goofy friends convince him to go to a Hollywood pick up spot where Mark meets the Countess, on the prowl. Robin's not going to understand this. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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A one-night stand with eternal complications! See more »

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A Primeira Dentada  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,025,657, 17 November 1985

Gross USA:

$10,000,000
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By the time the film was released, writer Jeffrey Hause had blown through his initial earnings and had to take a job as a video store clerk. One day an oblivious customer remarked of the film, "Whoever wrote this shouldn't be working in Hollywood," and an incensed Hause retorted, "YOU GOT YOUR WISH!" See more »

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Mark's reflection in the dressing-room mirror does not match when the Countess's reflection is missing (the lighting and movements are wrong). Also, outside the dance, Robin faces one way while backing away from a reflectionless Mark but her reflection faces differently. See more »

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Robin: Could one of these lady vampires actually bite a guy? You know, like a teenage guy?
Bookseller: Well how old would he be?
Robin: Like, 18.
Bookseller: Well I seriously doubt it. You see the female vampire needs the blood of a virgin, and an 18-year-old boy would hardly be a virgin, now would he?
Robin: Well just hypothetically, what if he was a virgin?
Bookseller: Well then I think he has a lot bigger problems to worry about than female vampires.
[chuckles]
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Performed by Maria Vidal
Written by Tommy Dunbar and Michael Boyd
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Not that great, but not a total disaster.
4 August 2003 | by See all my reviews

This is a pretty bad 80's teen sex comedy with a vampire slant. It ‘s main attraction is an early appearance by Jim Carrey before he became a big star. Unfortunately the filmmakers seem unwilling to take advantage of his comic talents, forcing him to play it straight most of the time… What makes this even worse are the rich opportunities for him to exploit his particular brand of silliness in a movie with this premise… I mean, Jim Carrey turning into a vampire… that has potential., but for the most part, that potential is untapped.

However there are a few places where Carrey is allowed to showcase his comic abilities, and his talent is apparent… Particularly in a VERY ridiculous dance scene that has to rank right up there as one of the silliest (or stupidest) dance scenes I have ever encountered. This sequence is so crazy that I would almost recommend the movie based purely on the dance scene.

The rest of the movie is mostly bland and not so enjoyable… Lauren Hutton is a looker, but her part is pretty weak here. Carrey's two nerdy friends are supposed to provide most of the comic relief, but they aren't very funny. The story moves along very predictably and there is little or no urgency. It's not the kind of movie that makes you want to turn off the TV, but it's pretty forgettable.

Still…. It does have the dance scene, and there is a certain 80's nostalgia factor. It's worth watching if you catch it on TV and you have some time to kill.


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