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  • Actors: Lauren Hutton, Jim Carrey, Karen Kopins, Cleavon Little, Thomas Ballatore
  • Directors: Howard Storm
  • Writers: Dimitri Villard, David Hines, Jeffrey Hause, Jonathan Roberts
  • Producers: Dimitri Villard, Frank Hildebrand, Robert Wald
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Original recording reissued, NTSC
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Hallmark
  • VHS Release Date: July 9, 1996
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6303605516
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #190,145 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

A vampire Countess needs to drink the blood of a virgin in order to keep her eternal beauty. It seems that all is hopeless, until she bumps into Mark Kendall.

Customer Reviews

I recommend this good 80's vampire comedy.
Gregorypwilson
I have loved this movie since it came out and as I have watched it more over the years, I've found more and more to like about it.
Skippy
It's a movie that gives you a good laugh and makes you feal good.
Mark Kendall II

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Willow Masters on May 26, 2003
Format: DVD
Brief plot synopsis: A female vampire needs the blood of a virgin to stay young; she finds Mark Kendall(Jim Carrey); hijinx ensue.
I first saw this when it came on tv; at the time Jim Carrey was either a nobody or "that white guy from "In Living Color" (btw why ...isn't that on dvd yet?). Shortly after I saw this JC started getting big with movies such as "The Mask" and "Ace Ventura". With those films in mind "Once Bitten" is somewhat of a novelty. Even though it is billed as a comedy, JC's character is a far cry from the rubberfaced madman we see in the aforementioned comedies. This is the Jim Carrey we saw in "The Truman show" the man who can play a character that we just like; someone accessible enough that we could know the guy or someone like him. JC's acting is brilliant here, I do enjoy JC's other work but it's refreshing to see him in a role like this. If you're a JC diehard it's a must buy, If you're not a diehard, there's still a good chance it will be a welcome addition to your movie collection. ...
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By John Lindsey VINE VOICE on April 15, 2010
Format: DVD
Mark (Jim Carrey) is your typical 18 year old who is near graduation as he has a sweet girlfriend Robin (Karen Kopins) as he's a virgin on the verge of trying to get laid. One night in Hollywood as he and his two friends Jamie and Russ (Thomas Ballatore and Skip Lackey) go out searching for fish, they stumble into a private sleaze bar where a gorgeous 200 year old vampiress named Countess (Lauren Hutton) who has an efeminte butler named Sebastian (Clevon Little) seeks out Mark for she must have a virgin to remain beautiful for eternity. But as she seduces Mark she bites him where it doesn't tan in the sun turning him into a semi-vampire where he craves blood, scares young boys and even has dreams about Countess as it seems to puzzle his friends and girlfriend.

Exciting and mildly funny teen sex horror comedy that marked Jim Carrey's debut on the big screen back in 1985. The film offers some quality laughs like the hilarious yet homoerotic shower room scene where Jamie and Russ have to check where Mark is bitten as everyone freaks out which made me laugh out loud and the acting isn't too bad. It's really a movie about virginity and learning about what true love can be, i highly recommend this movie to anyone who liked "Fright Night 1 & 2", "Vamp" and "The Lost Boys".

The DVD offers a nice look with widescreen and fullscreen versions with only one extra which is the teaser trailer, the film is still great fun.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. Crockett on January 29, 2007
Format: DVD
This movie about a shy L.A. highschool student who ran afoul of a centuries old vampire is a laugh riot (even if it's for all the wrong reasons!).

Quick Synopsis: Jim Carrey stars as a typical L.A. teenager who is growing a little restless to lose his virginity to his high school sweetheart. What he doesn't know is that a local vampire (Lauren Hutton) is struggling to find the innocent blood of a virgin, and has set her sights on him! In order to maintain her youthful appearance, she must drink the blood of a virgin (the same virgin) 3 times before midnight on Halloween. If she succeeds, her victim becomes a vampire in her service forever!

"Once Bitten" is a comedy that saw the budding young career of Jim Carrey, an actor who would eventually rise to the upper tier of Hollywood, but who was at the time just an innocent young actor in a C rate movie in the 1980's. I think part of what makes this movie so appealing was the fact that looking back on it, one could laugh their butts off at the bad writing, terrible acting, and downright hilarious 80's vibe the entire movie has. Want to see bright florescent neon lights? How about some pretty bad fashion choices? This movie will give you one heck of a blast from the past!

I would describe this film as one of those deliciously guilty pleasures that you watch and enjoy even though you know it's a terrible movie by all standards. I find it incredibly fascinating to watch Jim Carrey in one of his first films, and be able to see that he truly had some raw talent back then...(very raw talent. It took another decade or so for him to hone his skills and improve). However, even in the mid-1980's he had that incredibly expressive face, and a natural talent for humorous body language. He's just a lot of fun to watch!

I'm not going to lie...this movie is so bad that it's good!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Wench on June 9, 2008
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I saw this movie years ago and it has always stuck with me. Not sure if it was because of the fun 80's soundtrack or the acting, but I had to buy it just trip down memeory lane once again. Jim Carrey plays a high schooler in love with his girlfriend....but they've never done, "The Deed". He's getting all frustraited, and his 2 best buds suggest that they try some down town clubs ( mind you, they are driving in an ice cream truck which does not scream, "Hot guys for the taking" ) for a little action. While at one particular club, Jim's character spots a hot older woman and talks with her. She convinces him to go along with her to her place for a fun time. So, having been denied by his girlfriend ( who really wants to make it with him, but just at the right time/circumstances ) he goes along in the limo with the sexy older woman. Little does he know that the hot female he is with is in dire need of virgin blood ( Jim Carrey fits the bill ) she has to drink from him 3 times before the transformation can be complete--otherwise she gets all old and cryptkeeper on him. Clevon Little is her butler/chauffer/aid and does a great job of calming down Lauren Hutton ( the hot Vamp woman after Jim Carrey ). There's a final scene at the high school Halloween face-off dance contest, with some great 80's dancing and music, between Jim's actual girlfriend and the hot vamp chick. It's a silly, fun, humerous tale that will make you nostalgic for the simpler 80's sound and movies.
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