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Love at First Bite
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by Rob Gonsalves

"Is anyone else kind of surprised there wasn't a sequel?"
3 stars

1979 was the year of the vampire: Werner Herzog's 'Nosferatu,' John Badham's 'Dracula,' Tobe Hooper's 'Salem's Lot' on TV, and this very late-'70s spoof with George Hamilton as the legendary (and, fortunately for all spoofmeisters, public-domain) bloodsucker.

Evicted from his Transylvania castle, Dracula moves to New York with his servant Renfield (a role Arte Johnson was born to play). He spots a beautiful, jaded model (Susan Saint James, looking fab in Oscar de la Renta) and decides to make her his wife; the only complication is her bumbling ex (Richard Benjamin), a descendant of Van Helsing. Call me insane, but I'd rather watch an entire movie with Richard Benjamin as a Van Helsing than an entire movie with Hugh Jackman as the Van Helsing. But I digress.

Love at First Bite has moments (such as when Benjamin waves a Star of David at Dracula an inversion of a gag in The Fearless Vampire Killers), but it's resolutely mainstream; its humor sticks largely to sitcom-level jokes about Jews, sex, drugs, and the Dracula legend. (Most of the Dracula gags had been around for decades in humor mags like Mad.) Worst of all, the filmmakers throw in a gratuitous disco scene wherein Dracula boogies to the horrid "I Love the Night Life" (in an accidental mercy, the song is absent from the DVD, replaced by "The Man That I Love"; fans of the original soundtrack have been up in arms about this).

Still, Hamilton is suavely funny (he's noted for one performance this one), and the supporting cast is game. With its TV stars (including both Jeffersons, Sherman Hemsley and Isabel Sanford) and TV jokes, this may be the most 'respectable' movie AIP ever released.

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originally posted: 03/17/07 21:57:06
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12/10/11 The Big D I loved this in Fourth Grade and I stiull have the Fotonovel of it! 4 stars
3/19/07 David Pollastrini MMMMMM...TASTY! 4 stars
8/14/06 Anastasia Beaverhausen Truly awful comedy, I laughed when it ended...out of relief 1 stars
5/28/04 Nedra Well, actually the Reverend says something more like "When you is gone you is gone" 4 stars
4/24/02 Butterbean The first vampire movie I've seen. I like it only for sentimental reasons. 3 stars
1/02/02 Andrew Carden VERY Old-Fashioned Humor Makes This What-Could Be Classic Average. 3 stars
4/19/00 Michelle S. This Movie is really good to make you laugh when you have had a bad day. 4 stars
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  02-Jun-1979 (PG)
  DVD: 12-Jul-2005



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