Blu-ray Review: BITE

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BITE was written, produced and directed by Chad Archibald and stars Elma Begovic, Annette Wozniak, Denise Yuen, Jordan Gray, Lawrene Denkers, Barry Birnberg, Daniel Klimitz, Tianna Nori, and  Caroline Palmer.

The movie centers around Casey (Elma Begovic), a bride-to-be who returns home from her exotic bachelorette party getaway with a small bite from an unknown insect. What appears to be harmless in the beginning turns into a terrifying and nightmarish metamorphosis of the grossest kind for Casey and it affects the people she’s closest to. To top this off, Casey is also having cold feet and tries to break off the engagement with her fiance Jared (Jordan Gray) who is actually the best thing she has going for her even though he does come with a bitch of a mother. With this insect bite, Casey starts exhibiting insect-like traits and she slowly becomes this new breed of predator and the people around her are the prey.

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As the movie plays out and Casey’s physical transformation continues, she also begins to notice that she has some new abilities that she’s able to use on her victims. We’re not really talking superhero powers her either. These abilities frighten Casey as much as her victims at first but she quickly adapts and sadly they don’t fare so well. The people closest to her are concerned but Casey ultimately becomes more insect than human and every person she’s close to finds out first hand how deadly she has now become. Casey’s descent into darkness leads to an intense finale that allows Jared to see what she has ultimately transformed into and it all leads to a violent showdown between the two lovers.

Okay, I freaking enjoyed everything about this visceral body-horror shocker. The story was intense and all of the characters were interesting and fun to follow. The entire cast was great but Elma Begovic gave a fantastic performance with this innocent character of hers that ends up getting cursed by this simple big bite. There’s these creepy sounds, mannerisms and movements that gives this character of hers an unsettling and creepy vibe. Remember that sound in Mimic? It’s close to that and it’ll make your skin crawl! To top off the great performances are the impressive cinematography and amazingly gross special effects. The apartment gets so dark and dirty that it pretty much becomes a character all its own. It becomes Casey’s hive! This movie totally reminds me of The Fly (1986) but it takes gross to a new level in a very extreme way.

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The packaging comes with a slipcover. The front features the creepy cool artwork you see up top and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The Blu-ray disc also features some similar artwork. The reverse sleeve features some alternate artwork and movie credits so you have your choice of which side you want to use on the outside. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, I’ve enjoyed Bite so much that I’ve watch it four times already. What Scream did for the teen slasher genre, and what Blair Witch did for found-footage, is what Bite does for body horror and it succeeds on all levels. This is a horror movie that would make Brundlefly extremely proud of all the extreme grossness that is spits and oozes out. No pun intended! Chad Archibald and company did a fantastic job with this indie movie that has all the makings of a new breed of horror franchise. It left me wanting more, so yeah, I want a sequel! Chad Archibald is a director you need to keep your eyes on because this guy makes fun horror movies. This Blu-ray releases on August 2nd is a must watch for horror fans. Bite is an instant classic!

Distributor: Scream Factory

Run Time: 89 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.35:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0

Subtitles: English

Special Features: Good Stuff! The extras include some commentary, a trailer, and five behind-the-scenes featurettes that cover everything from the special effects, to the location, and more.

  • Audio Commentary from writer/director/producer Chad Archibald
  • Makeup featurette (05:42)
  • On Set featurette (06:02)
  • Fantasia featurette (05:53)
  • Chad’s Wedding featurette (05:16)
  • Dominican featurette (05:30)
  • Theatrical Trailer (01:23)
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