With a very rocky start to it Bite is somewhat of a slow burner until the grossfest commences.
This low budget body horror, written and directed by Chad Archibald, follows the story of bride-to-be Casey Morgan (Elma Begovic) struggling to come to terms with the idea of marriage and goes on a bachelorette getaway with her friends Kirsten (Denise Yuen) and Jill (Annette Wozniak).
However, after some fun in a hidden lagoon Casey is bitten and the film begins to turn.
After the dodgey ‘found footage’ shot opening sequences we really start to see the transformation of Casey as she goes from panicked woman who doesn’t know what is happening to her body, to this unrecognisable creature with a vicious side.
Archibald’s film is clearly hugely influence by Jeff Boldblum’s The Fly as audiences witness a seamlessly harmless bite consume Casey’s body as she turns her apartment into a nesting ground for her victims.
The acting in these early scenes is rough, and even the framing feels off. You can tell the filmmakers and performers are kind of treading water until they get to the “good stuff”, as Bite starts to wind down its dark path Begovic starts to come into her own – despite the slightly odd ticks she presents the more she is consumed.
Everything clicks into place when in a dream sequence a surprise party is thrown for Casey, when she “gives birth” to thousands of insect eggs with her loved ones chanting ‘babies, babies, babies’, from here on in, Bite turns up the insanity.
Spitting out acid, piercing someone with a scorpion like tail, and this reviewers personal favourite screaming so much that during a sex scene between Jill and Casey’s fiancé Jared (Jordan Gray) ends up with the pair vomiting on each other.
One baffling part of the story line is when Casey’s friends start to check on her, as they enter her cocoon apartment they don’t immediately scream in horror and run for the hills.
Bite may not be the “scared the hell out of” horror film people may expect, but there are moments which make you gag and wince, and this is all credit to Begovic who gives her all to the transformation.
If there is one thing that Bite does tell the viewer is that you have to keep better friends and not marrying men you dont really love.
The ending may leave a bit of a sour taste in the mouth of some people, but overall Bite is an enjoyable view, maybe more for its ridiculousness rather than its shock factor.
Dir: Chad Archibald
Scr: Chad Archibald, Jayme Laforest
Cast: Elma Begovic, Denise Yuen, Annette Wozniak, Jordan Gray
Prd: Chad Archibald
Music: Steph Copeland
Runtime: 85 min
Bite will be released on DVD on 10 October 2016.