HOME |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
 
Newest Reviews
Godzilla Singular Point
Ace of Aces
Innocents, The
Beast and the Magic Sword, The
Last Hard Men, The
Found Footage Phenomenon, The
Night Trap
Skinny Tiger, Fatty Dragon
Benediction
Nezha Reborn
Evil Toons
Worst Person in the World, The
Whirlpool
Hunter Will Get You
Superman/Batman: Apocalypse
Revolver
Men, The
Parallel Mothers
Sadness, The
Bloody New Year
Faye
Body Count
Spider-Man: No Way Home
'Round Midnight
Wild Men
Barry & Joan
Wake Up Punk
Twin, The
Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy
One of These Days
Lift to the Scaffold
Savage Dawn
Rest in Pieces
Innocents in Paris
We're All Going to the World's Fair
Beyond the Door 3
Jules et Jim
Love Jones
Saint-Narcisse
Souvenir Part II, The
   
 
Newest Articles
Little Cat Feat: Stephen King's Cat's Eye on 4K UHD
La Violence: Dobermann at 25
Serious Comedy: The Wrong Arm of the Law on Blu-ray
DC Showcase: Constantine - The House of Mystery and More on Blu-ray
Monster Fun: Three Monster Tales of Sci-Fi Terror on Blu-ray
State of the 70s: Play for Today Volume 3 on Blu-ray
The Movie Damned: Cursed Films II on Shudder
The Dead of Night: In Cold Blood on Blu-ray
Suave and Sophisticated: The Persuaders! Take 50 on Blu-ray
Your Rules are Really Beginning to Annoy Me: Escape from L.A. on 4K UHD
A Woman's Viewfinder: The Camera is Ours on DVD
Chaplin's Silent Pursuit: Modern Times on Blu-ray
The Ecstasy of Cosmic Boredom: Dark Star on Arrow
A Frosty Reception: South and The Great White Silence on Blu-ray
You'll Never Guess Which is Sammo: Skinny Tiger and Fatty Dragon on Blu-ray
Two Christopher Miles Shorts: The Six-Sided Triangle/Rhythm 'n' Greens on Blu-ray
Not So Permissive: The Lovers! on Blu-ray
Uncomfortable Truths: Three Shorts by Andrea Arnold on MUBI
The Call of Nostalgia: Ghostbusters Afterlife on Blu-ray
Moon Night - Space 1999: Super Space Theater on Blu-ray
Super Sammo: Warriors Two and The Prodigal Son on Blu-ray
Sex vs Violence: In the Realm of the Senses on Blu-ray
What's So Funny About Brit Horror? Vampira and Bloodbath at the House of Death on Arrow
Keeping the Beatles Alive: Get Back
The Punk Rock Movie: Out of the Blue on Blu-ray
   
 
  Once Bitten Virgin Territory
Year: 1985
Director: Howard Storm
Stars: Lauren Hutton, Jim Carrey, Karen Kopins, Cleavon Little, Thomas Ballatore, Skip Lackey, Jeb Stuart Adams, Joseph Brutsman, Stuart Charno, Robin Klein, Glen Mauro, Gary Mauro, Carey More, Peter Elbling, Richard Schaal, Peggy Pope, Megan Mullally
Genre: Horror, ComedyBuy from Amazon
Rating:  4 (from 1 vote)
Review: The Countess (Lauren Hutton) is awakened from her slumber by her manservant Sebastian (Cleavon Little); a glass of fresh blood is just the pick-me-up she needs, but today it is not enough. With Halloween approaching, she knows that as a vampire she must find a virgin to drink the blood of three times before it arrives but as Sebastian and her previously vampirised cronies tell her, that is going to be easier said than done in the modern eighties world. However, teenage college student Mark Kendall (Jim Carrey) might be precisely what she is looking for...

Almost ten years before hitting the big time on the big screen, Jim Carrey was hitting the small time there with Once Bitten, a horror comedy which was neither scary, nor especially funny. It's always strange that the film that seem to have been scripted over a couple of idle afternoons, such as this one, should have an army of writers working on it and so it is here, with four scribes putting their blood, sweat and teats into entertaining the viewer. Although whether they succeeded or not was debatable.

Well, maybe not that debatable, as this simply wasn't very good. It wasn't diabolical, but fans of the comedy star hoping for an early showing of his madcap stylings will be disappointed to see him playing pretty much straight here, with only a smattering of goofing to be enjoyed. Of course, it is Mark who the Countess sets he sights on because his girlfriend Robin (Karen Kopins) won't go all the way with him, but when his two best friends decide to take him out for a night on the town in his ice cream van they end up at a nightclub where the bloodsucker is.

She takes Mark back to her place which he nervously expects to lead to a night of passion, but all she does is whip down his trousers and (offscreen) bite him in an intimate area, making him pass out. Now the Countess just needs two more bites to reach her aim and ensure her immortality - the version of vampire lore here does not stand up to much scrutiny, seemingly plot-driven rather than driving the plot. As a result there's a love triangle, not that Countess is really in love, with Robin trying to win Mark back from her supernatural rival.

For the most part Once Bitten appears pro-virginity, with the Countess representing the big, bad world of sex, but the way Mark is saved suggests that the love of a good woman is a better option. The only spark of eighties goodness can be seen when Mark and Robin attend a fancy dress party at the college, which the Countess shows up at too. Suddenly the movie springs into life as the central relationships are brought out through the medium of dance - this is the kind of cheese you might be hoping for should you choose to watch it. Alas, it lasts about four minutes and the rest is limp humour and a spot of running about, so your reactions will doubtless be predominantly muted: there were far better updatings of vampire clich├ęs during this era. Music by John Du Prez.
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 4204 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 star probably has psychic powers?
Laurence Fishburne
Nicolas Cage
Anya Taylor-Joy
Patrick Stewart
Sissy Spacek
Michelle Yeoh
Aubrey Plaza
Tom Cruise
Beatrice Dalle
Michael Ironside
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
Andrew Pragasam
Mary Sibley
  Desbris M
  Sheila Reeves
Darren Jones
Paul Smith
Enoch Sneed
   

 

Last Updated: