Love at First Bite

1979

Action / Comedy / Horror / Romance

25
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 67%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 55%
IMDb Rating 6.1 10 4646

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George Hamilton as Count Vladimir Dracula
Dick Shawn as Lt. Ferguson
Susan Saint James as Cindy Sondheim
Sherman Hemsley as Reverend Mike
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Reviewed by Hitchcoc 5 / 10

When Did Vampires Get Funny?

I'm prejudiced. As soon as I see George Hamilton is in a film, I avoid it. My interest in a Dracula story, even a spoof, did cause me to watch this. Count Dracula has to vacate Transylvania and move to New York. There's a woman there he needs to hook up with. With all the people around, he has trouble finding her. Once he does, handsome and tanned as he is (how does a vampire get a tan?) she is resistant to a relationship (being a New York gal). She is also very aggressive sexually and this kind of turns him off (even the living dead like to have a girl play hard to get). Anyway, he is mistreated by rude New Yorkers and shoved aside along the way. When psychiatrist Richard Benjamin realizes he is a vampire, he tries to put a stop to things with this young woman. I guess if this movie has a strength, it allows people to come up with puns about blood and biting and other vampires stuff.

Reviewed by Leofwine_draca 7 / 10

Cheeky spoof of Bela Lugosi's Dracula

Affectionate spoof of the classic vampire story and most notably the Bela Lugosi film version, which benefits from a witty, intelligent script and some fine casting choices for the leads. However, the best thing about this film is the sense of harmless fun, and its extremely refreshing to see a modern movie with no swearing, violence, or sex scenes to ruin it for a family audience. Instead, what we get are plenty of one-liners which spoof those uttered by Lugosi (the best remembered being "Children of the night... shut up!") and excellent caricatured turns from the actors who really put themselves into the roles. In fact the only person who falls foul is the uninteresting Susan Saint James, whose boring character sits at odds with the rest of the film making you wonder why Dracula would go to all of the trouble bothering with her.

George Hamilton effortlessly slips into the role of the suave, sophisticated Count with his tongue-in-cheek portrayal, and he isn't afraid to gently mock the character's idiosyncrasies while doing it either. Easily acting opposite him is an over-the-top Richard Benjamin, playing a slightly mad and frenetic descendant of Van Helsing, whose various encounters and battles with Dracula prove to be the highlights of the movie. Lower down in the cast we have a nice performance from Dick Shawn as the world-weary cop caught up in the case, and a scene-stealing appearance by Arte Johnson as Renfield, who cracks me up every time with his Dwight Frye-inspired manic laughing. With a very light plot, amusing humour, and emphasis on fun and action over slow-paced romance, LOVE AT FIRST BITE is a fine watch for vampire lovers everywhere.

Reviewed by Nigel P 7 / 10

Spoilers follow ...

Strains of disco/organ music accompany the first glimpse we see of Castle Dracula, with lightening and plenty of dry ice; the children of the night providing harmonies to Dracula's organ playing is dismissed with a curt 'Shut up!' Dracula's slave Renfield chuckles a very Dwight Frye-sounding chuckle. It is clear from the outset, this is a light-hearted homage by a production team clearly in love with vampiric cinema.

The mighty George Hamilton, perma-tanned and pearly of tooth is perfect in the role of The Count. His delivery is more reminiscent of Bela Lugosi's accent even than Martin Landau's award winning performance. Hamilton is more talented than he is often given credit for, I think.

One of those words that doesn't really mean anything, 'schmaltzy', seems to describe the worst excesses of this; the greatest crime is its dated-ness. Comedy is notoriously difficult because it is so subjective, but at its heart 'Love at First Bite' is a well observed (even Hamilton sauntering down a street in downtown New York is reminiscent of Bela Lugosi's sojourn down the streets of Universal's 'London' from the 1931 classic), surprisingly well-played comedy, in which Count Dracula's long lost love is Cindy Sondheim (Susan Saint James), a famous fashion model. The Count's journey to find her takes him through various modern day nightmares; his bewilderment when encountering disco music for the first time is entirely understandable. Equally, his crumpled expression when Sondheim sees him initially and assumes he is a waiter is a highlight. Sondheim's psychiatrist Jeffrey Rosenberg (Richard Benjamin) is The Count's protagonist, and it is telling he is viewed as the befuddled 'bad guy.' Rosenberg is a distant relative of Van Helsing. Michael Pataki, who fleetingly played Dracula in 'Zoltan, Hound of Dracula' the year before, appears in a brief scene in a lift.

As the film goes on, the various homages to earlier Dracula projects give way to more knockabout comedy fare. Just when the joke is in danger of wearing thin with a car chase, Sondheim finally decides to become a vampire and the two bats are last seen wobbling towards Jamaica, where The Count's coffin has mistakenly been taken.

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