Needless to say that BITE is one for the gore-hounds. Body-horror is that particular sub-genre of horror that places all of its emphasis on anatomical depravity and requires a particular mindset when viewed. No film of this kind has ever surpassed David Cronenberg's THE FLY, and probably never will, and so whenever new attempts are made it is impossible to ignore the comparisons. BITE blatantly replicates some of Cronenberg's most iconic moments and moulds its story with a obvious self-awareness. Director Chad Archibald makes no apologies for his concept-theft, and he is, consequently, able to keep the viewer on side. The result is a demonstration of style over substance that also happens to be a nice little treat.
The script and its character-arc is decent enough, relying on tropes and cliches, however the dialogue is stilted and unconvincing. And so it comes as a relief to know that most of the film is atmospheric and muted. Confined to an apartment, the production design goes above and beyond in creating an interesting atmosphere that is intricately textured and as viscerally appealing as it is repulsive. The makeup and FX are brilliantly conceived along with a smorgasbord of nauseating creations. The screen is gradually overcome by a thick layer of filth that includes gelatinous body fluids, slimy pupae and decomposing human remains... it is certainly a feast for the eyes!
Forget about the story because it's irrelevant. BITE delivers the gore and proves to be a grotty and odious delight. For those looking to be grossed out it offers an entertaining 88-minutes of fun.
BITE is now available to rent or buy from Umbrella Entertainment.