Saturday, April 16, 2016

BITE (REVIEW) - WARNING: Apply Deet Free Bug Spray Before Watching

I love me some body Horror. It's not necessarily because I'm sick with some a crazy disease growing massive flesh mounds in my boddy, although recently that made it ever more enticing and terrifying to watch some of it. It's because the some of the movies in this subgenre get super gutsy and gory. Body Horror movies at their best are practical effect wet dreams giving the director a chance to tell a relevant cautionary tale and giving the makeup and special effects folks something with which to test themselves. Lately, we've had some powerhouse releases. Contracted and its sequel were pretty fucked up with maggots and body parts falling off. Rotting flesh and sexual encounters of the disgusting kind. Then there's Thanatomorphose... watch some rot for an hour and half. It's exhilarating and tense and the special effects crew on that movie almost made me yack. And now we have BITE which is a little bit body Horror, a little bit creature feature and a whole lotta of ick. It's coming to VOD and to select theaters on May 6th from Scream Factory, and I hope you get out to enjoy it. This may not be the best first date movie.

I love the characters and actors who portray them although they're all unknown to me. I sympathize with our lead, the bitten one. The whole movie I want her to get the help she needs before the "transformation" begins, but as you might expect, that simply doesn't happen. Knowing that the director, Chad Archibald, was a producer on Septic Man let's me know that there's at least one person involved who understand how to go for the gross out. I was a big fan of Septic Man (though Chad did not direct that movie) especially the makeup and effects work in that picture. A similar though not wholly identical crew worked on the effects in both Septic Man and Bite which. This is a huge reason for the success of both pictures. 

Speaking of the effects, they are brilliant with maximum carnage portrayed in a fun way. We're not talking claymation fun or neon color body melts, but clever looking and over-realistic destruction of flesh.  It's part practical, part computer, and as you know, the CG kills me. CG is my pet peeve though it truly is necessary here and really kept to a minimum. I'd actually put this film on par with Stung in terms of effect quality and the necessity of using some CG to get some of the more gonzo scenes off the ground. The look of the effects is genuine and the creature makeup aspect is impressive. In fact the whole look of the movie is made to disturb with a color palette that is offputting. 

Bite comes to you courtesy of Black Fawn Films. Those are the guys who did Anti-Social and Anti-Social 2 as well as The Drownsman, none of which I was particularly fond of. Bite really stands out as a movie that has true horrific elements, it's fun and is just in time for mosquito season this summer when we're worried the most about the little bloodsuckers spreading disease and cause us to itch like maniacs. This should be a winning combination for a picture as well produced as this one that doesn't preach its message like an anti-sex slasher picture. It simply forces you to go to the store and buy that case of OFF! before you turn into a creature.

Save the date. May 6th. You'll be glad you did (unless of course you eat while watching the movie or expect to get laid afterward). The full release and trailer are below as well as two new clips to get you in the mood to be grossed out. Bite may be a movie about a girl being bitten, but it will absolutely bite you.

From Scream Factory:

Available on iTunes and VOD May 6th

When she returns from her tropical bachelorette party getaway, a young woman begins to succumb to an insect bite in the palpably disturbing film Bite. Witness the skin-crawling chronicle of one woman's truly terrifying descent into madness when the visceral body-horror feature Bite debuts in select U.S. theaters May 6th, 2016. Directed by Chad Archibald (The Drownsman),Bite had a sensational premiere at the 2015 Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal, where it won an Audience Award, and has recently played at numerous top international genre film festivals.

While on her bachelorette party getaway, Casey, the bride to be, 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. Between her physical transformation and her wedding anxiety, Casey succumbs to her new instincts and begins creating a hive that not only houses her translucent eggs, but feeds on the flesh of others. As her transformation becomes complete, Casey discovers that everything can change with a single bite.

Starring Elma Begovic, Annette Wozniak, Denise Yuen, Jordan Gray, Lawrene Denkers, Barry Birnberg, Daniel Klimitz, Tianna Nori, and Caroline Palmer. Bite is directed by Chad Archibald and produced by Black Fawn Films.

Running Time: 88 Minutes
MPAA Rating: Not Rated

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