Bite (2015) (Umbrella Entertainment DVD Review)
Directed By: Chad Archibald
Starring: Elma Begovic, Annette Wozniak, Jordan Gray
Rated: 15+/Region: 4 (Will play in US player)/Widescreen/Number of disc: 1
Available From Umbrella Entertainment
While on her bachelorette party getaway, bride-to be Casey (Elma Begovic) gets a seemingly harmless bite from an unknown insect. After returning home with cold feet, Casey tries to call off her wedding… but before she’s able to, she starts exhibiting insect-like traits. Brought to the breaking point by both her ongoing physical transformation and her wedding anxiety, Casey succumbs to her horrifying new instincts. As her metamorphosis becomes complete, the bugged bride and all who cross her path discover that everything can change with a single bite.
Bite is an interesting and often gross horror film. It is different in a lot of ways from the usual we are often seeing released these days in the horror genre, but at the same time, it does feel a whole lot like a movie I saw called Contracted not too long ago. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not implying anything as both movies are very different and only share the common core, which is a girl who had a fun time and is now paying for it in the form of slowly turning into something else. In Bite, our poor leading lady takes a trip to Costa Rica a bit before she is set to tie the knot. While there with her friend’s things happen, but she is bitten by an unseen bug. This starts a very slow and often nasty change for her, as she deals with her soon to husband’s mother, a few other things also involving her friends and her seemingly becoming whatever it was that bit her. Some other things take place in between that reminds us once again of Contracted, but I would only compare to two in the way that Friday the 13th and Halloween are both slashers but very different stories. That could be said when you make the comparison between Bite and Contracted because trust me if you’ve seen both you will be comparing the two in one way or another.
So Bite offers us a bit of a slow build with tension, puss, slime, and friend drama all coming into play. The movie from time to time finds a clever way to bring some found footage style stuff into play as well but is both smart enough and clever enough to make it work and still stick with a normal style of movie storytelling. I found the movie to be overall enjoyable, but I’m sure it will have a fair share of comparisons being done to everything out there that might be a little bit about it. Body horror, in general, can be a bit hit and miss but I’d call this one more hit than miss. It has some flaws that might be a bit hard to ignore, but it isn’t a dull movie at all. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying this is a perfect movie because it sure isn’t, but it remains enjoyable enough and mixes body horror with some sexual tension that creates a movie that will hold your attention regardless. Bite is a good movie, but it isn’t much more than a shined up creature feature with a nice indie coat of paint all over it. I still think if you get the chance to give it a watch that you will probably be happy that you did.
– Audio Commentary From Writer/Director/Producer Chad Archibald
– Five Behind-The-Scenes Documentary Shorts Featuring Looks At Special Effects Make-up, Creating The Set