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Once Bitten (1985)
Once Bitten (1985) 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 November 15, 1985
Running time 94 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $3.2 million (estimated)
Gross revenue $10,000,000 (domestic)

Once Bitten is a 1985 American horror comedy 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 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.

Plot

For the last 400 years, the Countess has collected a stable of young men and women who will accompany her on her 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 in order to keep her youthful appearance - a task she finds increasingly and extremely difficult since attractive young male virgins are almost impossible to find in the 1980s, particularly in hedonistic cities, ex. 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 doesn't know what she means by that, 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, Jamie and Russ to stop her. Eventually, in order to save Mark from the Countess's clutches, he and Robin 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.

Cast

  • Lauren Hutton as The Countess
  • Jim Carrey as Mark Kendall
  • Karen Kopins as Robin Pierce
  • Cleavon Little as Sebastian, the Countess's assistant
  • Thomas Ballatore as Jamie
  • Skip Lackey as Russ
  • Richard Schaal as Mr. Kendall, Mark's father
  • Peggy Pope as Mrs. Kendall, Mark's mother
  • Megan Mullally as Suzette

External links

Jim Carrey films

The Sex and Violence Family Hour (1983)  · Copper Mountain (1983)  · All in Good Taste (1983)  · Finders Keepers (1984)  · Once Bitten (1985)  · Peggy Sue Got Married (1986)  · The Dead Pool (1988)  · Earth Girls Are Easy (1989)  · Pink Cadillac (1989)  · High Strung (1991)  · Doing Time on Maple Drive (1992)  · Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994)  · The Mask (1994)  · Dumb and Dumber (1994)  · Batman Forever (1995)  · Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995)  · The Cable Guy (1996)  · Liar Liar (1997)  · The Truman Show (1998)  · Simon Birch (1998)  · Man on the Moon (1999)  · Me, Myself & Irene (2000)  · Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)  · The Majestic (2001)  · Bruce Almighty (2003)  · Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)  · Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004)  · Fun with Dick and Jane (2005)  · The Number 23 (2007)  · Horton Hears a Who! (2008)  · Yes Man (2008)  · I Love You Phillip Morris (2009)  · A Christmas Carol (2009)  · Under the Sea 3D (2009)  · Mr. Popper's Penguins (2011)  · The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013)  · Kick-Ass 2 (2013)  · Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013)  · Dumb and Dumber To (2014)  ·

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