Synopsis from IMDB
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.
Bite, by Writer/Director Chad Archibald, is certainly a brilliant, gruesome ride for any horror fan; chock full of great FX, convincing characters, and some haunting imagery.
The film starts off as with a found-footage style. A character is filming Casey’s (Elma Begovic) bachelorette trip; I immediately rolled my eyes at why someone would be shooting video at a club and in other weird, awkward places, like in most found footage drivel. However, Archibald uses the found footage tool that as been so poorly utilized to date, to actually progress the story, unraveling a mystery and subplot that is important to the character’s motives and development.
The three girls are then invited to a “secret spot” on the island where they decide to go swimming in the beautiful location. Casey gets bit by something, and the vacation ends…and so does the found-footage portion.
Casey returns to her apartment where she lives down the hall from her fiance’ and soon-to-be mother-in-law.
The bite she received begins to get larger and more disgusting over time, eventually transforming her into a half-human, half creature…with some siblings.
I have seen the articles about people fainting and throwing up watching this film in the theater. Is it that gross? No…well, maybe for the average moviegoer that has eaten some bad sushi beforehand. Don’t get me wrong, the makeup and visual FX are outstanding, but to hear of someone fainting or throwing up solely because of the film’s visuals is pretty far-fetched; I have seen much worse.
There are lots of nods to Cronenberg’s The Fly in the film which is refreshing, considering that that film had some amazing effects and the immensely talented Jeff Goldblum that really sold the film. Here, Begovic does just as an amazing job not only selling the character, but also the FX she is hiding under for the entire final third of the film.
Bottom line, this film is certainly one to catch and is certainly one every horror fan should own in their collection. If there is one horror film that you just don’t get around to seeing this year, don’t let it be BITE.
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