Once Bitten (1985) from Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski)

Let's see.  Lauren Hutton plays a female vampire who must drink the blood of virgins to stay young. Jim Carrey plays a high school kid who is a virgin because his steady girlfriend wants to wait.


some male buns (side view) from Skip Lackey and Thomas Ballatore

The sexy Hutton wins the horny Carrey over, and must "convert" Carrey to a vampire over several sessions, thereby causing him to change gradually. Carrey wins the "best costume" award at his Halloween dance, even though he's not wearing a costume. His friends notice that his hair is getting slicked back and oily, but they think he has been bitten by Jerry Lewis.

I guess you can figure that the girlfriend has to save Carrey by putting out, thus stealing his virginity and making him unacceptable to the vampire's finicky taste buds. (She's the Morris the Cat of vampires.)

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Carrey was kind of innocent and charming, and he showed off his unique dancing style in a role which foreshadowed Stanley Ipkiss in The Mask, but he was not yet very funny. Hutton looked every bit of the 400 years old she was supposed to be. The humor has no edge at all.

Bottom line: you probably don't want to watch this movie. It's a vampire comedy with no bite, so to speak.

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The People Vote ...

  • It grossed about a million dollars in theaters.


The meaning of the IMDb score: 7.5 usually indicates a level of excellence equivalent to about three and a half stars from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm watchability, comparable to approximately two and a half stars from the critics. The fives are generally not worthwhile unless they are really your kind of material, equivalent to about a two star rating from the critics, or a C- from our system. Films rated below five are generally awful even if you like that kind of film - this score is roughly equivalent to one and a half stars from the critics or a D on our scale. (Possibly even less, depending on just how far below five the rating is.

My own guideline: A means the movie is so good it will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not good enough to win you over if you hate the genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an open mind about this type of film. C means it will only appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover appeal. (C+ means it has no crossover appeal, but will be considered excellent by genre fans, while C- indicates that it we found it to be a poor movie although genre addicts find it watchable). D means you'll hate it even if you like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if you love the genre. F means that the film is not only unappealing across-the-board, but technically inept as well. Any film rated C- or better is recommended for fans of that type of film. Any film rated B- or better is recommended for just about anyone. We don't score films below C- that often, because we like movies and we think that most of them have at least a solid niche audience. Now that you know that, you should have serious reservations about any movie below C-.

Based on this description, this is a D. Tepid, would-be 80s sex comedy that is neither sexy nor comedic.

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