Picks and Pans Review: Love at First Bite
Drac's back—to a disco beat. This time around the transmogrified Transylvanian fetches up in the Big Apple in the 1970s with a sweet tooth for fashion model Susan Saint James. The tone is one of camp (high) and comedy (low). George Hamilton is a delightful Count—charming and handsome, drolly sighing, "Just once I'd like to go out and eat...potato chips." Saint James, unhappily, is all wrong and, as a psychiatrist who is out for the Count, Richard Benjamin is, well, out for the count. Although the film is occasionally hilarious, many jokes thud, and the "bat" who doubles for Hamilton could set special effects back 10 years. In his first feature, TV commercials director Stan Dragoti (Cheryl Tiegs' hubby) has concocted a sporadically trenchant spoof, but seems to have bitten off a little more than he can chew. (PG)
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