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Once Bitten (1985)

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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.

Director:

Howard Storm

Writers:

Dimitri Villard (story), David Hines | 2 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lauren Hutton ... Countess
Jim Carrey ... Mark Kendall
Karen Kopins ... Robin Pierce
Cleavon Little ... Sebastian
Thomas Ballatore Thomas Ballatore ... Jamie
Skip Lackey Skip Lackey ... Russ
Jeb Stuart Adams ... World War I Ace Vampire (as Jeb Adams)
Joseph Brutsman ... Confederate Vampire
Stuart Charno ... Cabin Boy Vampire
Robin Klein Robin Klein ... Flowerchild Vampire
Glen Mauro ... Twin Vampire #1
Gary Mauro ... Twin Vampire #2
Carey More ... Moll Flanders Vampire
Peter Elbling ... Bookseller
Richard Schaal ... 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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Mark Kendall just found out that his one-night stand has been around for centuries. See more »

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Comedy | Fantasy | Horror

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 November 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Einmal beißen bitte See more »

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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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

As scripted, the bum's reaction in the confessional was, "Pass me the toilet paper - I'm all out on this side." The line was changed in post production because executive producer Samuel Goldwyn Jr. felt the original dialogue would get the film condemned by the Catholic church. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Mark Kendall: What was that scene in the shower all about?
Russ: That's the thanks I get for trying to help out a friend?
Mark Kendall: Oh you're a big help, thanks a lot. Did it ever occur to you guys that maybe you could've asked me?
Jamie: Oh my God!
Russ: She told us to look!
Jamie: I knew it! I knew it, we enjoyed it!
Russ: Would you shut up? Just shut up!
Jamie: No that's it! We're homos! We're rump-rangers!
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Referenced in Family Guy: Once Bitten (2015) See more »

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JUST ONE KISS
Performed by Maria Vidal
Written by Billy Steinberg and Tom Kelly
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A 1980s Gem To Be Rediscovered?
9 December 2013 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

A vampire Countess (Lauren Hutton) 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 (Jim Carrey).

While "Fright Night" is often considered a modern classic by horror fans, this film -- which came out around the same time -- is probably not as well known. And why not? The humor is decent and a young Jim Carrey (with exquisite dance scene) makes this historically important in some small way.

I should say something about the film's treatment of homosexuality. However, I am unsure of what to write. The film seems to have some anti-gay bias (especially with the shower scene), but maybe that is a misunderstanding. Indeed, it might just be presenting what might have been a realistic response from teenage boys in the 1980s...


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