Once Bitten (1985)

DVD Cover (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer)
Genres: Horror, Horror Comedy, Vampire Film
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Howard Storm Howard Storm
Lauren Hutton Lauren Hutton
Jim Carrey Jim Carrey
Karen Kopins Karen Kopins
Cleavon Little Cleavon Little
Thomas Ballatore Thomas Ballatore

5.4 / 10 - Overall Rating

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Review by Griffinheart
Added: August 27, 2007
If you were centuries old, you know what would sound really good to quench that thirst and maintain your youth? Probably something that would be damn near impossible to find like Pepsi Blue (mmmmmmmmm....) or a virgin martini...or you could cop out and just suck the blood of a virgin. The Countess, living in 1980's Hollywood, goes with the latter choice. Faced with a deadline of needing virgin blood three times before Halloween, she sends out her vampire goons (including, according to the credits, WW1 Ace Vampire and Flower-child Vampire) to find some on the streets of Hollywood.

Insert Mark (a.k.a. Jim Carrey), the hapless high-school loser whose girlfriend just won't put out. Faced with yet another rejection ("I want to do it as much as you, but I want it to be special."), Mark lets his friends convince him to head to a Hollywood bar and find a woman to relieve his tension. When a strange woman at the bar calls him over...you can guess where this goes.

Once Bitten is a classic 80's teen movie and manages to lightly parody those as well as vampire movies in general. It has great humor and one of the best dance sequences I've ever seen in a movie (normally I'd flip past it, but this one entertained me). The movie would score higher but for the points where there was a little too much campiness of the Scooby Doo variety (if you don't mind this at all, add a point). Also, there are a few sections where it's just better to fast forward rather than sit through three minutes of a butler vampire walking around the house or other such tomfoolery. These scenes can aptly be described with this quote from the movie: "I think there's a cut off point with women. If they don't put out in six years, I don't think they will."

I did see the ending coming, but it still made me smile. It also left me with hope for a sequel in my own state: "There has to be a virgin somewhere...Kansas, or Nebraska, maybe..."

I recommend Once Bitten and give it an 8/10.
bluemeanie #1: bluemeanie - added 08/27/2007, 11:58 AM
Not amazing, but not too shabby. I much prefer "My Best Friend Is A Vampire", which I guess I will now review since I just remembered it. This is classic Carrey, but the plot and script is more than a little weak. 6/10.
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