*full disclosure: an online screener of this film was provided by Black Fawn Films.
Director: Chad Archibald.
Writers: Jayme Laforest, Chad Archibald.
Cast: Elma Begovic, Annette Wozniak, Jordan Gray, Denise Yuen.
Director Chad Archibald (The Drownsman) is guaranteed to make your skin crawl in his icky entertaining horror film, Bite! What begins as a seemingly banal scenario with stereotypical females on a bachelorette party vacation, turns out to be a gripping grim tale of transformation, betrayal and revenge. Archibald is clever in setting his audience up with a potential snore fest, then creeping in to deliver a strong story with good characters and a healthy dose of gooey gore. Somewhat reminiscent of Cronenberg's The Fly(1986), though revolving around infection not experiment, this film belongs inside the category of “body horror.” That said, it nearly crosses over into a creature-feature, and dips its feet into the realm of horror comedy. Whatever you want to call it, Bite serves up an incredibly enjoyable horrifying experience that is sure to infest your mind for quite some time.