The theatrical movie was well known for its signature song played during the disco sequence, the disco classic "I Love the Nightlife" sung by Alicia Bridges. Due to licensing issues, the song has been removed from most TV broadcasts and all DVD transfers, and replaced by a different song, a cover version of "The Man That I Love". The Bridges song is still listed in the closing credits, and is also heard on the original trailer (included on the DVD) which had it excerpted no less than three times. Fans of the song and the movie worldwide have been furious about its removal from the DVD release. Fortunately, "I Love the Night Life" was restored for the Region 1 Blu-ray released by Shout! Factory in 2015.
For many years the picture was one of the highest-grossing independent films of all time.
For his role as Renfield, Arte Johnson is doing an impersonation of Dwight Frye's performance, especially the laugh, from the classic Universal version of Dracula (1931).
The movie was made and released a few years after another 1970s mainstream horror spoof, Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein (1974) which has been said to have inspired this parody.
The dialogue line "Children of the night, shut up!" is a spoof of Bela Lugosi's classic Dracula line "The children of the night, what music they make " from Dracula (1931).
First of two late 70s/early 80s spoofs of legendary characters starring George Hamilton which rejuvenated his career and both involved him wearing black capes. The other was Zorro: The Gay Blade (1981).
Sherman Hemsley's film debut. It's also the first of two times that he played a clergyman. He would do so again in American Pie Presents: The Book of Love (2009) which was his final film.
This film and Nocturna (1979) released in the same year have a number of similarities. Both movies were horror-comedies featuring disco dancing, both starred an actor with the surname Hamilton (George Hamilton and Antony Hamilton) and both were set in both Transylvania and New York in 1979.
Dick Shawn (Lt. Ferguson) would later play Count Dracula in Mr. & Mrs. Dracula (1980).
One of five Dracula movies made and released around 1979. The films are Dracula (1979), Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979), Love at First Bite (1979), Nocturna (1979) and Dracula Blows His Cool (1979). Also from 1979 were the vampire movies Thirst (1979) and Salem's Lot (1979).
George Hamilton utilizes an accent that both evoked and parodied Bela Lugosi's from Dracula (1931).
A sequel "Love at Second Bite" was touted but never materialised. In 2009, after the popularity of the "Twilight", actor George Hamilton said of a proposed sequel, "Matrimony: Love at Second Bite": "It's terrific. It's all about old world school of Dracula in the Bela Lugosi 1940s up against the Twilight felons with humor, It's hard to do but it's great fun. I think 'Twilight' is a wonderful series of books. It's so important for these young girls with hormonal changes and this love that's worth giving your life for. But now I have to find a way to bring my 'Love At First Bite' character into that kind of story and make it funny and not be at all like 'Twilight' and I think I found a way to do that."
One of three disco Dracula films of 1979 along with Nocturna (1979) and Dracula Blows His Cool (1979).
Susan Saint James is almost unrecognizable ditching her normal dark hair color for blonde to portray a kooky supermodel type.
The scene where Dracula encounters the black street thugs is a parody of the film Scream Blacula Scream (1973) where Blacula encounters the street thugs.
In one scene, Dr. Jeffery Rosenberg / Van Helsing (Richard Benjamin) sketches a drawing of Dracula and headlines it "Dracula Sucks". Dracula Sucks (1978) had just recently been the title of an adult movie version of Dracula whilst the phrase "Dracula Sucks" had also been a working title for this comedy version.
According to the book "The Psychotronic Encyclopaedia of Film", the film's director Stan Dragoti "...was busted for cocaine possession in Europe on the way to Cannes to promote Love at First Bite (1979)".
This was one of five Dracula films released in 1979, the other four being Dracula (1979), Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979), Nocturna (1979) and Dracula Blows His Cool (1979). In the same year, Vlad Tepes (1979), a Romanian film concerning the historical figure the Count was based, was released. 1979 also saw the release of two other vampire films: Thirst (1979) and Salem's Lot (1979)
When Van Helsing (Richard Benjamin) points a Jewish Star of David Cross at Dracula (George Hamilton), this is an inverse of the joke used in Roman Polanski's earlier vampire comedy The Fearless Vampire Killers (1967).
The entire plot is almost a direct copy of the 1971 small budget film "Guess What Happened to Count Dracula"
As mentioned earlier, George Hamilton played Zorro and Dracula comically in the 1970's. Coincidentally, both parts were played straight by Frank Langella, later an Academy Award nominee. "The Mark of Zorro," IS a 1974 TV movie remake of the Tyrone Power film, and "Dracula," a 1979 movie.
Four of the cast who made cameos actually had their cameo billing in the film's closing credits included in a special "Cameos" section just for them.
The amount of money that Cindy Sondheim (Susan Saint James) owed psychiatrist some-time boyfriend Dr. Jeffery Rosenberg (Richard Benjamin) was $7452.
Product placements: A can of Tab on the counter at Cindy's apartment. Cindy brings Van Helsing 6 boxes of Kentucky Fried Chicken when she visits him in the mental ward of Bellevue Hospital.
Bose Product Placements throughout the movie: In Transylvania - The magazine that Renfield brings Dracula, and that Dracula then holds in his hands has on its back cover a full page Bose ad. In New York a Bose record player is shown in the apartment, and in the apartment's closet are 3 Bose boxes on the top shelf.