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Once Bitten

Film poster
Directed by Howard Storm
Produced by Frank Hildebrand
Dimitri Villard
Robert Wald
Written by Jonathan Roberts
David Hines
Jeffrey Hause
Terence Marsh
Starring Lauren Hutton
Jim Carrey
Cleavon Little
Karen Kopins
Megan Mullally
Music by John Du Prez
Distributed by The Samuel Goldwyn Company
Release date(s) November 15, 1985
Running time 94 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $3.2 million (estimated)

Once Bitten is a 1985 American comedy film starring Lauren Hutton and Jim Carrey. It is a vampire-themed comedy about Mark Kendall (Carrey), an innocent and naive high school student who is seduced in a Los Angeles club 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.

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Plot

For centuries, the Countess has collected a stable of young men and women who will accompany her on her journey through eternal night. While she is immortal, she is required to drink the blood of a young male virgin three times by Halloween each year in order to keep her youthful appearance - a task she finds extremely difficult since good looking male virgins are almost impossible to find in the 1980s.

Meanwhile, high school student Mark Kendall wants to have sex, but is being put off by his girlfriend Robin. One night, Mark and his friends 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 realize what she really means, and over the next few days he begins showing strange behavior; 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 in order to lure Mark to her mansion for a final bite before her deadline expires, and it is up to Robin and Mark's friends to stop her. Eventually, in order to save Mark from the Countess's clutches, he and Robin have sex in a coffin whilst being chased by the Countess's minions, thereby taking Mark's virginity. This renders him of no use to the Countess as she has to drink virgin blood. Defeated, the Countess then begins to grow old and decrepit before their very eyes.

Reception

The film received negative reviews from critics with a "rotten" score of 10% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 10 reviews. However, it seems to have gained somewhat of a cult following since Jim Carrey rose to stardom in the '90s.

Box office

In its opening weekend, the film earned $4,025,657 and went on to earn around $10 million domestically (from a production budget of $3.2 million). The film was a straight-to-video title in many countries.

Trivia

  • The movie was filmed on location at the Mark Twain Middle School in Los Angeles.
  • In 1984, one year before the film was released, the Los Angeles-based hard rock group Great White (featuring guitarist Mark Kendall) released their major label debut. The lead character of the film is an L.A. resident named Mark Kendall. Two years after the film's release, Great White released their breakthrough album, coincidentally called Once Bitten.

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