Once Bitten – Maven

Jim Carrey’s breakout film role was a vampire movie. Just how well has it aged since the 1980s?

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  1. You know what they should have done? Given the Countess a big honking bazooka that happens to be haunted by that floating fat guy from Dune. On second thought, that would have been too awesome for this movie to deserve.

  2. I always thought Cassandra Petersen was prettier than her Elvira character

    • Depends on what you mean by “prettier” I suppose. Me, I’ve always thought that there was a distinction between “pretty” and “sexy”, the former being more or less a matter of aesthetics and the latter a matter of physical attraction. But I will say that I have seen Ms. Peterson in her normal natural state, and I do concur: she is quite pretty when not made up into her onscreen character.

  3. Enjoyable review, but I have to make one correction. A teenage girl in 1985 wouldn’t be into Kenny G because:

    A) Kenny G didn’t make it big until about 86-87
    B) Teenagers in the 80s thought Kenny G was corny as hell. In 1985 it would have probably been Prince or Duran Duran.

    Just a small correction from an 80s kid. Carry on!

  4. It is hard to believe this came out the same year as Fright Night.

    I actually never saw Fright Night as a kid or rented it later as a teen. I saw it for the first time much later as an adult, and I think it holds up really well in comparison.

    Then again, Fright Night actually tried to be something of a horror comedy, where Once Bitten is clearly just a teen sex romp.

  5. How have I not heard of this movie before? I’m a huge Jim Carrey fan! Well, it seems pretty good at least. I never thought he’d be in a movie like this. It’s cool to see him so young. I do love your female vampires list.

  6. The Real Silverstar

    For anyone who wants to see a more subdued Jim Carrey, you should check him out in the 1984 NBC sitcom “The Duck Factory”, which also featured Julie Payne (who’d go on to voice Lanolin in the U.S. Acres cartoons from Garfield & Friends) and Don Messick (the legendary voice actor who was the original voice of Scooby-Doo as well as Hamton J. Pig from Tiny Toon Adventures). Carrey played the straight man on the show, believe it or not.

  7. Also even in older time, even then lots of teenagers did not wait for marriage either…

  8. I saw this movie in theatres and when I saw just how comedic it was, I knew Jim Carrey was going to be something big.

    I got to meet Jim at his sister’s video store, after the release of Earth Girls are easy. He’s a real nice guy!

  9. Tony Ciccariello

    Good one Maven.
    I saw this when it came out, Cleavon Little was hilarious as a stereotype and God bless Karen Kopins, she was so beautiful

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