Scream Factory continues delivering the cult classics of the past with their debut release of the “Love at First Bite / Once Bitten” Double Feature. Up until now, “Love at First Bite” has been rare to come by while “Once Bitten” can be found if you scour used DVD stores. Fans of these films will be happy to know they can now be easily added to their home entertainment libraries.
In "Love at First Bite," when the government of Transylvania appropriates his castle, Count Dracula (George Hamilton) is obliged to relocate and decides to give the New York City of 1979 a try. He suffers all manner of adjustment problems, but finds solace in a new relationship with Cindy Sondheim (Susan Saint James). Unfortunately, her fiancé, Dr. Jeff Rosenberg (Richard Benjamin), is a direct descendant of Dracula's old nemesis, Van Helsing, and is prepared to do whatever is necessary to stop his undead rival.
"Once Bitten" tells the tale of a centuries-old vampire, the countess (Lauren Hutton), who has kept her youthful look by drinking the blood of male virgins. Since she finds this prey challenging to come by, she is thrilled when she meets young Mark Kendall (Jim Carrey), who wants to lose his virginity, yet has a reluctant girlfriend, Robin (Karen Kopins). After luring Mark away from a club, the countess drinks his blood, but the hapless guy isn't sure what has happened until he starts exhibiting unusual symptoms.
Special Features for the “Love at First Bite / Once Bitten” Double Feature are bare bones for a Scream Factory release. “Love at First Bite” comes with a theatrical trailer and radio spots. “Once Bitten” includes only a theatrical trailer.
“Love at First Bite” is rated PG for adult situations, language, alcohol, drugs, and smoking. “Once Bitten" is rated PG-13 for crude and sexual content throughout, language, and comic horror violence. One of the main paintings of focus in the movie is a nude of the countess. It’s used as the primary background in many of the scenes.
Both movies are presented in 1080p High-Definition Widescreen with English 2.0 sound. It’s safe to say they’ve never looked or sounded as good as they do here. A 5.1 surround upgrade would’ve been nice, but this still beats anything we’ve experienced up until now.
“Love at First Bite” is set against the backdrop of the swinging and sexually promiscuous Disco craze of the late 1970s. “Once Bitten” is the typical teen sex romp of the 1980s where the lead character is on a constant quest to lose his virginity by any means necessary. They’re both very much products of their times and viewers should go into them with that warning.
The “Love at First Bite / Once Bitten” Double Feature is the perfect treat for all fans of schlocky 1970s and 1980s horror parodies. Each of them accurately captures the decade it was made in. From the costumes to the slang and musical numbers, they’re like taking a journey back in time to your childhood or high school years… but with hungry vampires in tow. The undead creatures of the night have never been more funny… and inept.
The “Love at First Bite / Once Bitten” Double Feature is available now on Blu-ray.