Love at First Bite (1979)



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George Hamilton confounded his detractors by turning in a first-rate comic performance in Love at First Bite. Hamilton plays Count Dracula, who is evicted from his Transylvanian domicile when the Communist government decides to nationalize his castle. With faithful toady Renfield (Arte Johnson) at his side, Dracula heads for the Big Apple, where he finds the vampire pickings radically different from those on his home turf: for example, ol' Drac suffers the mother of all hangovers when his sinks his fangs into the neck of a wino. Klutzy Cindy Sondheim (Susan Saint James) falls in love with Dracula, not fully aware of his colorful background. But Cindy's stuffy fiance Dr. Jeff Rosenberg (Richard Benjamin), a descendant of Dracula's perennial foe Professor Van Helsing, knows what Dracula's up to and does his best to thwart the vampire's plan. This proves very difficult, since such time-honored remedies as the stake through the heart are frowned upon by the New York City authorities. So successful was Love at First Bite that Hamilton was encouraged to have a satiric go at another literary icon in 1982's Zorro, the Gay Blade.
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George Hamilton
as Count Dracula
Richard Benjamin
as Dr. Jeff Rosenberg
Susan Saint James
as Cindy Sondheim
Dick Shawn
as Lt. Ferguson
Arte Johnson
as Renfield
Sherman Hemsley
as Rev. Mike
Ronnie Schell
as Gay in Elevator
Bob Basso
as TV Repairman
Bryan O'Byrne
as Priest
Michael Pataki
as Mobster
Beverly Sanders
as Lady in Elevator
Basil Hoffman
as Desk Clerk
Hazel Shermet
as Lady in Elevator
Stanley Brock
as Cab Driver
Dave Ketchum
as Customs Inspector
Lidia Kristen
as Commissare Woman
Susan Tolsky
as Model Agent
Paul Barselou
as Bloodbank Guard
Jacque Lynn Colton
as Lady with Cat
John Dennis
as Motorcycle Cop
Alan Haufrect
as Photographer
Michael Heit
as Bellboy #2
Ralph Manza
as Limo Driver
Tiger Joe Marsh
as Citizen Outside Castle
Rose Michtom
as Elderly Lady
Robert Nadder
as Bellevue Doctor
Jerold Pearson
as Hippie in Customs
Lavelle Roby
as Mourner
Merrie Lynn Ross
as Lady in Apartment
Whitney Rydbeck
as Male Commissare
Rolfe Sedan
as Maitre d'
Cicely Walper
as Grandmother
Barry J. Gordon
as Flashlight Vendor
Joe Medalis
as Istera
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All Critics (21) | Top Critics (6)

The production's genially tatty air enhances its anarchical mood and encourages one to go with its goofy yet often shrewd comic flow.

Full Review… | October 19, 2009
TIME Magazine
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Casting Dracula as the Last Romantic, Scott Fitzgerald-style, was a clever idea, but nothing clever remains in the film's hodgepodge of flat one-liners and graceless slapstick.

Full Review… | October 19, 2009
Chicago Reader
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What would happen if Dracula was victimized by life in modern New York City? It's a fun notion and George Hamilton makes it work.

Full Review… | March 25, 2009
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If you haven't smoked any wolfsbane you might wonder why you have such fond memories of this one.

Full Review… | February 26, 2007
Entertainment Weekly
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See it when you feel at your silliest.

Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
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A coarse, delightful little movie with a bang-up cast and no pretensions at all.

May 8, 2005
New York Times
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Audience Reviews for Love at First Bite


Another Dracula movie, in this one the count moves to NY. It is pretty funny for the most part, but it's predictable. It could have been better.

Aj V
Aj V

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A bit stupid and not up to the standards of a more recent vampire movie, (this was made in 1976), but harmless enough. I could no way in hell believe Susan Saint James as a model, though.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

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George Hamilton is actually ok here. He is a good Dracula and quite amusing. The rest of the cast works well and its looks good. The usual story of course but its funny. Surprising really.

Phil Hubbs
Phil Hubbs

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