HOME |  JOIN |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
Newest Reviews
Suicide Squad
Sound Barrier, The
First Power, The
Lucky Lady
Pack, The
Blue Lamp, The
My Scientology Movie
Man from Laramie, The
Mad Dog Killer
Fanfan la Tulipe
Kickboxer: Vengeance
Jekyll and Hyde... Together Again
Clan, The
Madigan
Love & Friendship
Ones Below, The
Everybody Wants Some!!
Our Kind of Traitor
Star Trek Beyond
Lords of Dogtown
Hors Satan
Too Late the Hero
Jinnah
Ravishing Idiot, A
Girlhood
Whatever Works
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
Speedy
Kama Sutra Rides Again
Panic
   
 
Newest Articles
Manor On Movies: Beat On The Brat(s)
The SHADO Knows: UFO The Complete Series on Blu-ray
Siege Mentality: Rio Bravo and Assault on Precinct 13
Queens of Women: Five Cult Stars, Five Cult Films
Abstract Strategies: The Brothers Quay on Blu-ray
Born to be Cad: George Sanders and Psychomania
Speed Kills: The History of Fast Zombies
Skeleton Crew: The Blind Dead Movies
The Stars Are Out Tonight: Hollywood Celebrity Casts in the 70s
Super-Irreverent: Deadpool and his Amazing Friends
   
 
  Love at First Bite Long In The ToothBuy this film here.
Year: 1979
Director: Stan Dragoti
Stars: George Hamilton, Susan Saint James, Richard Benjamin, Arte Johnson, Dick Shawn, Michael Pataki, Sherman Helmsley, David Ketchum, Isabel Sanford
Genre: Horror, Comedy, Romance
Rating:  6 (from 1 vote)
Review: Count Dracula (George Hamilton) is enduring a lonely existence in his Transylvanian castle when he is abruptly evicted to make way for a Romanian gymnastics school. Besotted with a model (Susan Saint James) he has seen in the pages of fashion magazines, he travels to New York to hunt her down and make her his vampire bride...

This amiable horror spoof was written by Robert Kaufman, in a jokey update of Bram Stoker's famed bloodsucker. Of all the vampire parodies, this is the most bloodless (or least bloodfull), settling for easy humour, lacking the style of, for example, Dance of the Vampires, and in fact looking more like a TV movie.

George Hamilton seems an unlikely choice to play Dracula, especially with that famed tan, but he carries it off with considerable aplomb. In his cape, black suit and white tie, he makes for a suave, dignified, commanding figure at odds with modern day New York. Well, 1970s New York anyway - Love at First Bite hasn't dated too well, as you can see when just about every black character references Alex Haley's "Roots" and the Count visits a disco to dance to Alicia Bridges' "I Love the Nightlife" (quite a nice scene, actually).

Hamilton is possibly the most sympathetic screen Dracula, a man out of time, a hopeless romantic in a plastic, cynical age, which is probably why Saint James' model falls for him. He has a rival in the shape of Richard Benjamin, a psychiatrist descendant of Van Helsing, who bungles his attempts to destroy the Count (shooting him with silver bullets, warding him off with a Star of David instead of a cross, etc.). So he is no match for Dracula, who has supernatural abilities, such as transforming himself into Cinema's least convincing vampire bat.

If the humour is largely at sitcom level, occasional coarse gags aside, then there are a few decent laughs, mostly concentrating on how ridiculous it sounds to have a real vampire stalking the streets of the big city, and the cast take advantage of whatever chances they get. It's just that Hamilton is so good, you'll wish the script had been wittier and the direction had matched his flair. Still, it's funnier than Vampire in Brooklyn or Dracula: Dead and Loving It. Music by Charles Bernstein.
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 12043 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which film has the best theme music?
Superman: The Movie
The Dark Knight
The Taking of Pelham One Two Three ('74)
Star Wars
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
The Great Escape
Halloween
The Ipcress File
The Magnificent Seven
Back to the Future
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
Brandon Smith
Stately Wayne Manor
  James Dixon
  Lee Trathan
Enoch Sneed
Ian Phillips
Darren Jones
   

 

Last Updated: