Bite Blu-ray Review
“Bite” is downright unappetizing.
After Casey and her 2 friends embark on a Bachelorette party in Costa Rica, Casey’s life takes a turn for the worse. Not only does she cheat on her husband to be, but she gets bitten by something in a remote swimming hole. Upon arriving home, Casey begins to question her forthcoming marriage and begins to have some rather nasty side effects to the bite mark. From there on out, things only get worse for Casey as she also becomes pregnant. What is she going to give birth to is the real question though.
When it comes to horror subgenres, body horror ranks among my least favorite. There’s something unpleasant and uncomfortable about body transformation films that just doesn’t sit well. They also tend to be not fun to watch. “Bite” is definitely one of those types of movies.
For the first half hour, “Bite” is actually fairly interesting as the film digs into Casey’s life and problems. After that, however, the movie becomes a full blown gross out body horror film complete with gooey slimes, vomit, wounds, and other icky stuff I’d rather not describe in case you are about to eat or have just eaten. The film’s biggest downfall, however, is that it doesn’t really go anywhere. Most of the scenes are set in an apartment so the action and element of surprise is very limited.
Also, in case you were thinking this was going to be a bug movie, I’m afraid that’s not the case. There are very few visible bugs present. This is mostly just about the revolting effects of a bug bite. Watch at your own risk.
Presentation: 2.35:1 1080p. How does it look? The transfer is decent enough for an indie horror film.
Audio Tracks: 5.1 DTS-HD and 2.0 DTS-HD. How do they sound? Effective, but hardly amazing.
* “Bite” theatrical trailer.
* “Fantasia”- A bonus featurette about the film’s world premiere at the Fantasia International Film Festival.
* “Makeup”- A featurette on the makeup. Interviews with the cast and crew are included.
* “On Set”- A combination of set footage and interviews.
* “Chad’s Wedding”- The story of the director’s marriage.
* “Dominican”- A featurette about filming in the Dominican Republic.
* A bland commentary by Chad Archibald, Cody Calahan, and Christopher Giroux.
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