Initial DVD release
August 26, 2003
November 15, 1985 (1985-11-15)
Dominick Brascia(Young Man Buying Ice Cream)
Dracula: Dead and Loving It,
A one-night stand with eternal complications!
Once Bitten is a 1985 American comedy horror fantasy film starring Lauren Hutton, Jim Carrey, and Karen Kopins. Carrey stars as Mark Kendall, an innocent and naive high school student who is seduced in a Hollywood, California, nightclub by a sultry blonde countess (Hutton), who unknown to him, is really a centuries-old vampire. The film was Carrey's seventh film and his first main role.
Once bitten 1985
Being 400 years old, the Countess has collected a stable of young men and women who accompany her on her centuries-old journey through eternal night-and youth. While she is immortal, she is required to drink the blood of a young male virgin three times by Halloween each year to keep her immortality and youthful appearance - a task she finds increasingly and extremely hard, since attractive young male virgins are almost impossible to find in the 1980s, particularly in hedonistic cities, in this case, Los Angeles.
Meanwhile, high school student Mark Kendall wants to have sex, but is being put off by his girlfriend Robin Pierce. One night, Mark and his best friends Jamie and Russ go into a singles bar in Hollywood. Mark meets the Countess and he goes back to her mansion, and after she seduces him, he passes out when she bites his thigh. When he wakes up, she pretends they have had sex and tells him that he is now hers. Mark does not know what she means by that, and over the next few days, he begins showing strange behaviors; having strange dreams, avoiding direct sunlight, and even drinking blood (from raw meat). After the Countess gets a second bite, Robin notices Mark's odd behavior and confronts the Countess during a dance-off at the high school's Halloween dance.
While it appears that Robin has won back Mark, this is only temporary. The Countess kidnaps Robin to lure Mark to her mansion for a final bite before her deadline expires, and it is up to Robin, Jamie, and Russ to stop her. Eventually, to save Mark from the Countess's clutches, Robin and Mark have sex in a coffin while being chased by the Countess's minions, thereby taking Mark's virginity, bringing him back to normal. This renders him useless to the Countess as she has to drink virgin blood. Defeated, the Countess then begins to grow old and decrepit before their eyes. The Countess' assistant, Sebastian, tells her not to worry as there are other virgins in the world despite the fact that the Countess doubts she will find another virgin. The movie ends with Mark and Robin continuing to have sex in the coffin.
The Countess's Vampires
In its opening weekend, the film earned $4,025,657 and went on to earn around $10 million in the US.
The film was released on VHS in 1986 by Vestron Video, by Video Treasures, in 1995 by Hallmark Home Entertainment, and in 1999 by MGM Home Entertainment. It was released on DVD on August 26, 2003, by MGM Home Entertainment. It was rereleased on DVD on July 17, 2007 in a Totally Awesome 80s Double Feature Pack by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment along with Vampires Kiss.
It was released on DVD once again, this time on January 25, 2011, by TGG Direct in a comedy four-pack along with Easy Money, Throw Momma From the Train, and Blame It on Rio. On February 10, 2015, the Scream Factory released the film, first time on Blu Ray.
Rotten Tomatoes reports that 18% of 11 surveyed critics gave the film a positive review; the average rating is 3.4/10. Janet Maslin of The New York Times wrote that it "has a lot more stylishness than wit". Kevin Thomas of the Los Angeles Times called it an "extreme rarity" for its subtle and hilarious sexual humor in a teen film. Rita Kempley of The Washington Post described it as "a sappy, sophomoric sex farce" that uses dated humor.
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