Bite (NR)

Horror 90 min. May 6, 2016
By Nick Schager
Tropical vacations are great -- except when pesky bug bites turn you into a weird fish egg–birthing, goo-spewing monster. Such is the unfortunate fate of Casey (Elma Begovic), who in Bite comes home from her island bachelorette-party trip with friends Kirsten (Denise Yuen) and Jill (Annette Wozniak) to discover that the only thing worse than fiancé Jared's (Jordan Gray) mother-pleasing refusal to sleep with her before swapping vows is the series of pus-filled boils developing all of her body.

Staged in a few under-furnished settings and marked by uniformly wooden performances, director Chad Archibald's film is a torturous exercise in gore anticipation, with plot functioning as inconsequential filler before the inevitably gruesome climax. Casey mutates into an ill-defined insectoid intent on turning her apartment into some sort of slimy nest, eventually boasting not only squishy, scaly skin and a scorpion-ish tale, but also magic psychic powers. It's not long before most of the characters (there are only six in total) are arriving at her doorstep to meet their predictable demise. Given that its nastier elements involve creatures that vomit acid and impregnated victims bursting with unholy offspring, Bite soon comes across as little more than a lame, low-budget regurgitation of Alien.
Chad Archibald Elma Begovic, Annette Wozniak, Denise Yuen, Jordan Gray, Lawrence Denkers, Tianna Nori Chad Archibald, Jayme Laforest Chad Archibald, Cody Calahan, Christopher Giroux Shout Factory!

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