Friday, January 25, 2013

365 Days- Day 20

movie: Once Bitten
starring: Lauren Hutton, Jim Carrey
genre: Comedy
year: 1985
format: DVD

plot: A teenager who just can not seem to talk his girlfriend into sex, decides to go with his two best friends to a bar in Hollywood to meet women. He ends up going home with a sexy older woman, only to learn she's a vampire.  He begins to turn into a vampire himself, and only his girlfriend can break the bond the vampire has over him.

This is a cult classic

It's still one of those films that 28 years later makes me laugh out loud.  Like a scene when the girlfriend figures out what is happening and gets the two best friends to check for bite marks on his thighs. Hysterical.

I think one of the reasons this movie hits such a note, is that the main topic of having sex for the first time, is so blown out of proportion when it comes to pride. (at lest it was when I went to high school) One of the first scenes has the lead character and his girlfriend talking about not having sex, while being surrounded by a dozen cars filled with teens in the act. (complete with squeaky sounds and a visual of an pump in the background) it not only sets the pace for the film, but gives this feeling of total isolation and frustration for the lead.

This could easily of gone wrong. I've mentioned before, there have been times when you look at a film and think "gee if this had been done five years later, it would have been too much of a gross out"
Considering the topic at hand, this film was done at a time of a bit more...innocence. And it works. Plan and simple.  I really don't think this would have been the same vein (no pun intended)  if it had been made a decade later. 

what do i think i learned from this film?
This is an obvious hint at the idea of disease from unprotected sex. It's always better to side on caution.  The tagline pretty much says it all  a one night stand with eternal complications

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