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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 »

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

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Count Vladimir Dracula
... Cindy Sondheim
... Dr. Jeffery Rosenberg / Van Helsing
... Lt. Ferguson
... Renfield
... Reverend Mike
... Judge R. Thomas
... Flashlight Vendor
... Guy in Elevator
Bob Basso ... T.V. Repairman
... Priest
... Mobster
Hazel Shermet ... Mrs. Knockwurst (Lady in Elevator)
... Erwin Newman (Cab Driver)
... Billy
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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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Love is Always Better The Second Bite Around! See more »

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Comedy

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27 April 1979 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dracula Sucks  »

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$43,885,000
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1.85 : 1
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This was one of five Dracula films released in 1979, the other four being Dracula (1979), Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979), Nocturna (1979) and Dracula Blows His Cool (1979). In the same year, Vlad Tepes (1979), a Romanian film concerning the historical figure on whom the Count was based, was released. 1979 also saw the release of two other vampire films: Thirst (1979) and Salem's Lot (1979) See more »

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The magazine the Count is reading in the first scene is shown in close up as "Pizazz", but in longer shots is "Ladies Home Journal." See more »

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[first lines]
Count Dracula: Children of the night, shut up!
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Featured in Dracula: A Cinematic Scrapbook (1991) 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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A rarity...a film with nary a distasteful moment!
26 October 2003 | by See all my reviews

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" movies.

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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