“What was that maniac drinking? Tastes like the Volga river at low tide!” Muddy water turned to wine? Join your faithful Grue Crew – Doc Rotten, Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr – as they check out the Tanned One as the undead Count in Love at First Bite (1979).
Decades of Horror 1970s
Episode 184 – Love at First Bite (1979)
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When the Communist regime ejects the Count from his ancestral home, he and Renfield go in search of the current incarnation of Dracula’s true love, a fashion model living in New York City. The Count finds it difficult to adjust to life in the Big Apple in the late 1970s, but true love triumphs in the end.
- Director: Stan Dragoti
- Writers: Robert Kaufman (screenplay); Mark Gindes (story); Bram Stoker (character Dracula)
- Selected cast:
- George Hamilton as Count Vladimir Dracula
- Susan Saint James as Cindy Sondheim
- Richard Benjamin as Dr. Jeffrey Rosenberg/Van Helsing
- Dick Shawn as Lieutenant Ferguson NYPD
- Arte Johnson as Renfield
- Ronnie Schell as Guy in Elevator
- Isabel Sanford as Judge R. Thomas
- Sherman Hemsley as Reverend Mike
- Barry Gordon as Flashlight Vendor
- Bob Basso as T.V. Repairman
- Bryan O’Byrne as Priest
- Ralph Manza as Limo Driver
- Michael Pataki as Mobster
- Susan Tolsky as Model Agent
Join Doc, Jeff, Bill, and Chad as they go disco dancing with George Hamilton’s Count Dracula as they review Love at First Bite (1979). For a time, this comedic take on Bram Stoker’s Dracula was the highest-grossing independent film of all time. But, it is actually… funny and the Grue-Crew are here to share their thoughts. If nothing else, it has a great cast. Alongside Hamilton are Susan Saint James, Richard Benjamin, Arte Johnson (doing his best Dwight Frye!), and Dick Shawn. Enjoy!
At the time of this writing, Love at First Bite is available to stream from YouTube and on a Scream Factory Blu-ray disc as a double feature with Once Bitten (1985).
Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror 1970s is part of the Decades of Horror two-week rotation with The Classic Era and the 1980s. In two weeks, the next episode, chosen by Jeff, will be Death Race 2000 (1975) starring David Carradine, Simone Griffeth, Sylvester Stallone, Mary Woronov, and Martin Kove. Roger Corman is the producer so you know stuff is gonna ‘splode.
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