Stan Dragoti, the director possibly best known to genre audiences for the film Love at FIrst Bite, has passed away. The 1979 vampire comedy featured George Hamilton as Count Dracula, who moves to New York City from Transylvania in an attempt to find a bride.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the director of the cult favorite has died at the age of 85. Though Love at First Bite is one of his more memorable movies, it's hardly the only one Dragoti made — other directing credits include Dirty Little Billy, The Man With One Red Shoe (with Tom Hanks), and Necessary Roughness (with Scott Bakula). Possibly his most beloved film, though, was Mr. Mom, starring Michael Keaton.
According to THR, Dragoti had been battling health issues since going through open-heart surgery four years ago.
Dragoti didn't just bring Dracula to New York City— he did his best to revitalize tourism in the city itself. Having cut his teeth in the advertising game, Dragoti and his partner Charlie Moss were the two men responsible for the "I Love New York" ad campaign in the 1970s.
Dragoti leaves behind his wife Yolanda, who he had been with for 30 years.
(via The Hollywood Reporter)