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       Principal photography began 25 Feb 1985 in Los Angeles, CA, according to the 27 Mar 1985 Var. The picture marked the feature film debut of television comedy director Howard Storm. Also making their film debuts were actors Jim Carrey and Tom Balletore, who were spotted performing stand-up at The Comedy Store, as reported by the 6 Mar 1985 HR, which misspelled the comedian’s surname Carrey as Carey.
       The 15 Jun 1985 Screen International announced that filming had completed, and a release date set for 15 Nov 1985.
       According to the 3 Jul 1985 DV, a fall 1985 release was anticipated in 800--1,000 theaters. The $3.2 million picture was only the second film to date that was self-financed by The Samuel Goldwyn Company.
       The 17 Oct 1985 HR reported that sneak previews of the film were held in 1,500 theaters for two consecutive weekends prior to its release in over 1,000 theaters on 15 Nov 1985.
       The Jan 1986 Box noted “excellent” box-office earnings of $4 million from 1,095 screens.
      End credits include the following acknowledgement: “Special thanks to Wheatley Records, PTY. (LTD) and Intercord Records ... More Less

       Principal photography began 25 Feb 1985 in Los Angeles, CA, according to the 27 Mar 1985 Var. The picture marked the feature film debut of television comedy director Howard Storm. Also making their film debuts were actors Jim Carrey and Tom Balletore, who were spotted performing stand-up at The Comedy Store, as reported by the 6 Mar 1985 HR, which misspelled the comedian’s surname Carrey as Carey.
       The 15 Jun 1985 Screen International announced that filming had completed, and a release date set for 15 Nov 1985.
       According to the 3 Jul 1985 DV, a fall 1985 release was anticipated in 800--1,000 theaters. The $3.2 million picture was only the second film to date that was self-financed by The Samuel Goldwyn Company.
       The 17 Oct 1985 HR reported that sneak previews of the film were held in 1,500 theaters for two consecutive weekends prior to its release in over 1,000 theaters on 15 Nov 1985.
       The Jan 1986 Box noted “excellent” box-office earnings of $4 million from 1,095 screens.
      End credits include the following acknowledgement: “Special thanks to Wheatley Records, PTY. (LTD) and Intercord Records (Germany).”
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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
Jan 1986.
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Daily Variety
3 Jul 1985
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
6 Mar 1985.
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Hollywood Reporter
17 Oct 1985.
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Hollywood Reporter
5 Nov 1985
p. 3, 16.
Los Angeles Times
15 Nov 1985
Section H, p. 4.
New York Times
15 Nov 1985
p. 36.
Screen International
15 Jun 1985.
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Variety
27 Mar 1985.
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Variety
6 Nov 1985
p. 28.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
Samuel Goldwyn Home Entertainment Presents
Samuel Goldwyn, Jr.'s Production of
Distributed by The Samuel Goldwyn Company
Produced in Association with Night Life, Inc.
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
Addl 2d asst dir
2d unit dir
2d unit musical street scene dir by
PRODUCERS
Prod
Assoc prod
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
1st asst cam
2d asst cam
Lighting gaffer
Best boy
Key grip
Best boy
Grip
Still photog
Still photog
Addl photog
Addl asst cam
Addl asst cam
2d unit musical street scene photog by
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Art dir
Prod illustrator
FILM EDITORS
Asst ed
Asst ed
Negative cutting
Negative cutting
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Asst set dec
Leadman
Set dresser
Set dresser
Prop master
Prop asst
Set const by
COSTUMES
Cost des
Asst cost des
Key cost
MUSIC
Mus supv
Orch coord
Mus eng
Mus eng
Score performed by
SOUND
Sd mixer
Addl sd mixer
Addl boom op
ADR ed
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
Visual eff supv
Main title des
Titles and opticals by
DANCE
Choreog
Assoc choreog
MAKEUP
Makeup artist
Hairstylist
Asst makeup
Asst hair
Spec aging makeup
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting
Asst auditor
Asst to Samuel Goldwyn, Jr.
Unit pub
Loc mgr
Prod intern
Craftservice
Extras casting
Extras casting
2d unit musical street scene coord by
Transportation coord
Transportation capt
Transportation co-capt
Payroll services by
STAND INS
Stunt coord
Stunt player
Stunt player
COLOR PERSONNEL
Timer
Col by
SOURCES
SONGS
"Once Bitten," performed by 3-Speed, written by Billy Steinberg/Tom Kelly and 3-Speed
"Hands Off," performed by Maria Vidal, written by Tommy Dunbar and Michael Boyd
"Just One Kiss," performed by Maria Vidal, written by Billy Steinberg and Tom Kelly
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SONGS
"Once Bitten," performed by 3-Speed, written by Billy Steinberg/Tom Kelly and 3-Speed
"Hands Off," performed by Maria Vidal, written by Tommy Dunbar and Michael Boyd
"Just One Kiss," performed by Maria Vidal, written by Billy Steinberg and Tom Kelly
"Stop Talking About Us," performed and written by 3-Speed
"She Makes ME Crazy," performed by Moses Tyson, written by Randy Jackson and Liz Jackson
"Face To Face," performed by Real Life, written by D. Sterry and R. Zatorski
"Blue Night Shadow," performed by Two Of Us, written by Ulrich Herter and Timothy Touchton
"Angel 07," performed by Hubert Kah, written by Hubert Kemmler and Timothy Touchton
"The Picture," performed by Hubert Kah, music by Hubert Kemmler, Markus Loehr and Klaus Hirschberger, lyrics by Richard Palmer-James.
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PERFORMERS
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DETAILS
Release Date:
15 November 1985
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles and New York openings: 15 November 1985
Production Date:
25 February--mid June 1985
Copyright Claimant:
Samuel Goldwyn, Jr.
Copyright Date:
11 August 1986
Copyright Number:
PA301211
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Duration(in mins):
93
MPAA Rating:
PG-13
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

A vampire called the Countess awakens for the evening and is served a glass of peasant’s blood by her manservant, Sebastian, but complains that it is not virgin blood. With just over a week until Halloween, the Countess must drink the blood of a virgin male three times to sustain her youth and beauty. She orders three vampire minions to find her a virgin. Elsewhere, California high school student Mark Kendall tries to convince his girl friend, Robin Pierce, to have sex with him, but she does not want their first time to be in the ice cream truck in which he works. Mark laments to his friends, Russ and Jamie, that he should have sex with a stranger to take the pressure off of Robin. The boys venture to Hollywood to find Mark a conquest. The Countess’s minions sense Mark’s virginity, and alert her to his presence. She invites him to join her for a drink, and when a fight breaks out in the nightclub, the Countess takes Mark to her mansion. As she seduces the nervous young man, he asks if she is a prostitute. The Countess bites his thigh, and Mark falls unconscious. Sometime later, the Countess awakens him, and he shares that he has a girl friend named Robin. However, the Countess is unfazed, and asks to see him again. Mark leaves thinking he has had sex, but with no memory of the event. Russ and Jamie ask about his first sexual experience, and Robin overhears how he went home with another woman, and breaks up with him. Mark exhibits peculiar behavior, ... +


A vampire called the Countess awakens for the evening and is served a glass of peasant’s blood by her manservant, Sebastian, but complains that it is not virgin blood. With just over a week until Halloween, the Countess must drink the blood of a virgin male three times to sustain her youth and beauty. She orders three vampire minions to find her a virgin. Elsewhere, California high school student Mark Kendall tries to convince his girl friend, Robin Pierce, to have sex with him, but she does not want their first time to be in the ice cream truck in which he works. Mark laments to his friends, Russ and Jamie, that he should have sex with a stranger to take the pressure off of Robin. The boys venture to Hollywood to find Mark a conquest. The Countess’s minions sense Mark’s virginity, and alert her to his presence. She invites him to join her for a drink, and when a fight breaks out in the nightclub, the Countess takes Mark to her mansion. As she seduces the nervous young man, he asks if she is a prostitute. The Countess bites his thigh, and Mark falls unconscious. Sometime later, the Countess awakens him, and he shares that he has a girl friend named Robin. However, the Countess is unfazed, and asks to see him again. Mark leaves thinking he has had sex, but with no memory of the event. Russ and Jamie ask about his first sexual experience, and Robin overhears how he went home with another woman, and breaks up with him. Mark exhibits peculiar behavior, and his father worries about his pallid complexion. Mark dreams that the Countess sucks his blood. In time, he mends his relationship with Robin, and visits her at the clothing store where she works. The Countess surprises Mark in the fitting room, and he notices that she has no reflection in the mirror. She tries to seduce him, but he rejects her, claiming to love Robin. Before leaving, the Countess bites him a second time, and vows to Sebastian that she will get her third taste of his blood before Halloween. Mark’s behavior and appearance continue to alarm his friends and family. At a Halloween dance, his friends think Mark is dressed as a vampire, but he claims not to be wearing a costume. The Countess arrives as Robin and Mark dance. She cuts in on Robin, and the two women have a “dance-off” over Mark. The Countess leaves defeated. Afterward, Mark notices his reflection is absent from the mirror, and tells Robin he thinks he is becoming a vampire. Robin seeks information on vampires from a bookseller. Sometime later, the Countess kidnaps Robin, and Mark chases after her with Russ and Jamie in tow. They find Robin tied up in the Countess’ basement, and Robin reveals her discovery that Mark is still a virgin, which has made him the vampire’s victim. The friends are soon captured again, and Mark is strapped to a chair so the Countess can perform a ritual to bite Mark a third time, thus retaining her youth. Robin uses a cross to unsuccessfully scare off the Countess, while Russ and Jamie wield torches, causing the vampires to retreat. The Countess uses her powers to lure Mark, but Robin breaks the spell and flees with him through the mansion. The couple discover a room filled with coffins, and choose a large one to hide in. The Countess enters to find the couple having sex inside the coffin, and realizes that Mark has lost his virginity. As the clock strikes midnight, the Countess ages drastically before their eyes. Sebastian consoles her, promising to find another virgin, and Robin and Mark make love again. +

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