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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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A tasty comedy. See more »

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Comedy | Fantasy | Horror

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official Site | Tubi

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

In the revised 1989 edition of "The Celluloid Closet," author Vito Russo lambasted screenwriter David Hines for the inclusion of a stereotypical gay butler and the homophobic school shower scene. Ironically, the shower scene was based on a personal experience of co-writer Jeffrey Hause, and the gay butler was conceived by Jonathan Roberts, who was hired by the director to rewrite Hause's and Hines' script. 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

Russ: Hi. I'm Russ, and I'm a Sagittarius. I enjoy surfing, candlelit dinners, and Tolstoi. Listen: I'm a mature person and you're a mature person, so why don't we just skip all the bullshit, get rid of our inhibitions, and DO what we really wanna DO?
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Connections

References Frankenstein (1931) See more »

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JUST ONE KISS
Performed by Maria Vidal
Written by Billy Steinberg and Tom Kelly
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The Best Of The Jim Carrey Vehicles....
2 November 2002 | by alexandraslateSee all my reviews

A Hilarious 80's teen sex comedy!

Jim Carrey hasn't been as funny in a film since. He manages to get plenty of laughs with his performance without going over the top the way he tends to do today. My favorite part is where Robin and the Countess have a dance-off over Mark at the Halloween dance to the very appropriate and silly song "Hands Off, He belongs to me"! And though slightly homophobic by today's standards were the comments by Carrey's sidekicks, "We're Rump Rangers", and the "Fags in the Shower" exclamations however, it all seemed in good fun.

Karen Kopins was really good as Mark's long-suffering girlfriend and held her own well against Carrey. She should've had a better career. I really miss the 80's teen movie genre, and the lighthearted take these films had on a generation.

A must see on Halloween if you're looking to lighten the load from the usual slasher films that always get shown.


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