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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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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

For many years the picture was one of the highest-grossing independent films of all time. 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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Connections

References Fantasy Island (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

Dancin' Through the Night
Words and Music by Charles Bernstein, Joe Long, Robbie Adcock, Steve Hines
Produced by Joe Long and Robbie Adcock for Rolling Coaster Productions
Disco Midnight - Mix by Richie Rivera
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hilarious
14 February 2005 | by elsie1888See all my reviews

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.


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