DRACULA - AMC Academy, AMC Skyline, Fairfax Circle, K-B

One bite is pretty much like the next. You would have to have an enormous appetite to want more than one "dracula."

However, they keep being made, so the problem is choosing the one that would best suit your taste. There's one for everybody, except, of course, that unexplained minority of social misfits that does not enjoy watching people being bitten to death.

According to the makers of the latest "Dracula" film, the character first appeared as Varney the Vampyre in 1847, 50 years before Bram Stoker wrote the novel on which Hamilton Deane and John L. Balderston based the play on which W.D. Richter based this screenplay. They count 200 Dracula-inspired films before their own, including an Italian one featuring "The Dracula Cha-cha-cha" and a black one called "blacula."

Such rare delights are not among the current offerings. The play "Dracula," a camp version with sets by Edward Gorey that were black-and-white-and-red-all-over, was at the Kennedy Center last year, but has flown.

All there is at the moment is a karate version, "The Seven Brothers Meet Dracula"; a slapstick version, "Love at First Bite"; a wildlife version, "Nightwing," and this new "Dracula."

This is your basic Victorian-Gothic version, for which budget and blood have been made to flow copiously. Care has been taken with the artistic arrangement of cobwebs and candles. There are subtly different skin tones for the dying, dead and "un-dead" - in the "Dracula" vocabulary, not "alive," but nevertheless active. The majestic weather varies from mist to fog to rain to storm.

The chief actors all have Shakespearean credits, and if Donald Pleasence's is having read two passages from "King John" at an unsuccessful Royal Academy audition when he was 12, there is nothing wrong with Laurence Olivier's. The director, John Badham, has directed not only Shakespeare but "Saturday Night Fever." The star, Frank Langella, has starred not only in Shakespeare, but in the recent stage "Dracula."

One could point out a few mishaps.To Victorians, the idea of a father's letting his unmarried daughter go to dinner alone with a bachelor would be more shocking than anything that happens once she gets there, except possibly the fact that Dracula keeps his cape on in his own house at the dinner table.

It is however, an attractive and stylish version of the story of Varney the Vampyre, if you can overlook the fact that he is a filthy housekeeper always worrying about where his next drink is coming from. CAPTION: Picture, FRANK LANGELLA AND LUCY SEWARD IN A SCENE FROM THE LATEST FILM VERSION OF "DRACULA."