Love At First Bite/Once Bitten Blu-ray/Movie Review
Another vampire two pack offering coming at you from Scream Factory and this time, we got one funny, quirky 80s gem by the way of Once Bitten and another late 70s, trying ever so hard to be funny vampire flick, Love At First Bite. This Blu-ray isn’t loaded with any sort of special features and the movies aren’t top notch classics, but if you find it cheap, what better way to kill a few hours. Anyway, let’s quickly go through what we got on our hands after the break…
RUN-TIME: 96/94 min
ASPECT RATIO: 1.85:1
AUDIO: DTS-HD MA 2.0
PRODUCTION DATE: 1979/1985
Short nitty-gritty plot description is as follows: Sink your teeth into a pair of fangtastic vampire comedies, available for the first time on Blu-ray!
LOVE AT FIRST BITE George Hamilton is possibly the tannest vampire in screen history in 1979’s Love at First Bite. When Count Dracula (Hamilton) is forced out of his castle to make room for an Olympic training facility, he relocates to New York City in search of discos, blood banks, and the fashion model who just might be the girl of his dreams. Will the Count take a bite out of The Big Apple — or will its mean streets take a bite out of him? Susan Saint James, Richard Benjamin, Arte Johnson, Dick Shawn and The Jeffersons’ Sherman Hemsley and Isabel Sanford also star in this outrageous romance about a guy who really loves the nightlife.
ONCE BITTEN Jim Carrey is necking with a vampire in Once Bitten, a 1985 teen comedy also starring Lauren Hutton, Karen Kopins, and Cleavon Little (Blazing Saddles). When a vampire Countess (Hutton) seeks virgin blood, she soon discovers that it’s not as easy to come by as it was in the good old days! When she crosses paths with the still-virginal Mark Kendall (Carrey in one of his earliest screen roles), it’s a race against time to get to him before he gets it on. Once Bitten is a totally ’80s teen vampire flick where the bloodsuckers don’t sparkle, but the comedy most certainly does.
Movie Opinion: Like my Vampire’s Kiss/High Spirits review, I’ll break down each movie.
Love At First Bite: Honestly, I really struggled with this one. It’s fairly boring and tries way to hard to be funny. Starring George Hamilton as Count Dracula and Susan Saint James as his love interest, Love At First Bite is similar to other “spoof” movies of the time, like Airplane!, but the problem is, it’s just blah. It feels way too long and there are long stretches of no comedy. I can count on one hand how many times I actually laughed out loud. Personal opinion? Boring.
Once Bitten: This movie screams 80s! Starring a fairly new actor in Hollywood by the name of Jim Carrey, Once Bitten is a cheese filled fun-fest. Really, it’s just a good time. Several scenes will raise some eyebrows, like the weird trip to Hollywood, full of dancing, weird 80s-ness, like a woman walking a lion and the strangest club ever, involving telephones and shoot outs. Also, what’s up with all the Friday the 13th actors? I counted three people in this movie, with Stuart Charno, who was in Friday the 13th Part 2, Carey More who was in Friday the 13th Part IV: The Final Chapter and finally Dominick Brascia, who starred in Friday the 13th Part V: The New Beginning. They all have small roles, but it was pretty cool seeing them all. Round out the movie with a cliche dance off, with a song called Hands Off and a weird homophobic shower scene. Hilarious and fun stuff.
Blu-ray Opinion: Two packs are pretty cool for movies that would never see the light of day on Blu-ray, but with hardly any special features and a boring movie, it’s just okay. At least the movies look and sound good.
Verdict: If you can find this two pack for a great price, it’s a no-brainer. However, because of a one movie being so damn boring, the value of the disc drops big time; add on hardly any features and it’s a tough sell.