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Love at First Bite (1979)

PG | | Comedy | 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 »

Director:

Stan Dragoti

Writers:

Robert Kaufman (screenplay), Robert Kaufman (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George Hamilton ... Count Vladimir Dracula
Susan Saint James ... Cindy Sondheim
Richard Benjamin ... Dr. Jeffery Rosenberg / Van Helsing
Dick Shawn ... Lt. Ferguson
Arte Johnson ... Renfield
Sherman Hemsley ... Reverend Mike
Isabel Sanford ... Judge R. Thomas
Barry Gordon ... Flashlight Vendor
Ronnie Schell ... Guy in Elevator
Bob Basso Bob Basso ... T.V. Repairman
Bryan O'Byrne ... Priest
Michael Pataki ... Mobster
Hazel Shermet Hazel Shermet ... Mrs. Knockwurst (Lady in Elevator)
Stanley Brock ... Erwin Newman (Cab Driver)
Danny Dayton ... Billy
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

Love is Always Better The Second Bite Around! See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 April 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dracula Sucks See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$43,885,000
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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). See more »

Goofs

After biting the wino and waking up with a hangover, Dracula says "Vat vas dat eediot drinking? It tastes like the Volga River at low tide!" The Volga doesn't flow through or near Romania, so a Romanian count wouldn't be familiar with the flavor of its water. And the Volga empties into the Caspian Sea, an endorheic basin which isn't connected to the oceans, and doesn't experience tides. See more »

Quotes

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

Although the song remained listed in the closing credits, most home video and DVD editions substituted a cover of "The Man That I Love" for the Alicia Bridges hit "I Love The Nightlife." The original audio remained intact for television airings and it was restored for the 2015 Shout Factory blu-ray release. See more »

Connections

Featured in Heartstoppers: Horror at the Movies (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

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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Grungy-But-Very Funny Dracula Spoof
20 April 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

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.


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