Bite Movie Review
by Phillip Wilcox "Our Movie Demon"
Writer: Jayme Laforest
Director: Chad Archibald
Starring: Elma Begovic, Annette Wozniak, Denise Yuen, Jordan Gray, Lawrene Denkers
Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 1 hour 28 minutes
How To See It: DVD/Blu-ray/Amazon/VOD
In horror cinema, body horror has always been a sub-genre that has caught the fascination of many a very specific demographic of people. Let's face it, it's not for everyone. However, if done well, a character's conflicted relationship with their own body shown in the most grotesquely of ways can be compelling, provoke self analysis, and even cause some discussion. And I feel the film Bite contains all of that which can provide you with a great gross out horror tale from Chad Archibald, the man who brought you such dark films as The Drownsman, Ejecta, The Sublet, and Kill!
Here's the skinny on what Bite is all about: Casey (Elma Begovic) goes on an exotic Bachelorette excursion with two of close girlfriends when she suddenly gets bit by something while swimming. Even before the bite though, things in Casey's life isn't exactly sunshine and rainbows. And it isn't until the bite begins to grossly change her body, secrets begin to surface, and her friendships and relationship with her fiance begin to deteriorate and transform, along with her body. See the parallels? Between it being written well and Chad Archibald's direction, it really set up a perfect pitch for the actors to knock it out of the park with their solid performances! There's much more going on in the story than showing a bunch of gross stuff just because you can. I feel like irresponsible body horror movies do that. But with films like this one, as well as my other personal favorites, Andrew Stewart's short film Dysmorphia, David Cronenberg's The Fly, and American Mary (brilliantly and beautifully crafted by the Twisted Twins themselves, The Soska Sisters), it's a chance to explore the idea that human beings are not at peace with their bodies.