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Reviewed by Michael Ledo 8 / 10

People always get sick on vacation

Casey (Elma Begovic) and her two besties take a bachelorette vacation in Costa Rica where they swim in a secluded pond. Casey gets bit, hence the title. This opening sequence was done in "found footage" mode, but ends after the credits. Casey comes back to Jared (Jordan Gray) who is "good looking, investment banker, and probably good in bed" as his mother doesn't want Casey to "soil" her son prior to the wedding. She lives in an apartment without a deadbolt inside.

We know Casey Has a tan line where her engagement ring should be, Jared wants kids, Casey can't have kids, and she needs to tell him about that "other thing" we find out later but isn't hard to deduce. Casey undergoes a transformation, as you can guess from the DVD cover from "the bite."

As a prospective Mother-in-Law, Lawrene Denkers was over-the-top, making Agnes Moorehead look good. I loved the special effects and wished the token hot Asian chick (Denise Yuen) had a bigger role, but that is just me. I thought the plot was fine, if not predictable for a horror story. The characters needed a little more depth, but for a "B" horror, it was passible. The film attempted to be cute with some lines, which may work on some people and turn off others. Why Casey needed to "talk" to a doctor by phone instead of seeing one didn't make sense, considering the issues, but that would have been another scene shooting and another character on the payroll. The decontamination scene was ad hoc with everybody wearing different level protective clothing with some oddly wearing a filter mask inside an enclosed suit. Clearly the production just bought a bunch of stuff and had people just wear what they wanted. Worth a watch. Soft 4 stars.

Guide: F-word. Sex. Nudity?

Reviewed by mariusar 5 / 10

FYI, there are these places called "hospitals" nowadays...

Like some others here, I found Bite to be a mixed bag. Clearly quite a bit of a David Cronenberg influence here via homages to insect-human mutation and some quite heavy-handed and sometimes effective goo and body horror effects. The acting was capable all around with nothing overtly cringe-worthy. Direction was competent as well. So on many levels Bite works fairly well.

Still, this is one of those films where even if one allows for reasonable amounts of suspension of disbelief, one can't help thinking that a single action taken by the protagonist could have rendered the entire movie pointless. Why on earth did Casey and her BFFs not even consider rushing to the hospital immediately especially after Casey begins to notice the incredibly unusual physical symptoms manifesting on her body? She's not presented as someone like Goldblum's Brundle character, an obsessed scientist hell-bent on discovery, all consequences be damned. Rather, Casey is for all intents and purposes a typical, average woman yet her actions to her horrendous symptoms are anything but average or typical.

Does she not have medical insurance? Is she deathly afraid of hospitals? Is she in trouble with the law? Yes, all trite questions to wonder about in a fictional body-horror film, but some kind of reference as to why Casey never even considers getting to a hospital would have been immensely meaningful here. Instead, all we get is Casey making a two minute phone call to some useless, anonymous medical professional.

Huh? Anyway, maybe it's just me. Bite is a decent enough gross-out fest with not terrible acting and some over-the-top use of FX goo. Watchable for fans of the genre but that hospital thing just won't go away for me.

4.9 on IMDb is just about right.

Reviewed by jacobjohntaylor1 1 / 10

This is awful

This is an awful movie. It has an awful story line. It also is not scary. It has an awful ending. 4.9 is just overrating it. Do not see this movie. It is an awful movie. It is one of the worst movies of all time. Do not waste your time. Do not waste your money. Do not see this awful movie. This is the worst movie ever. Do not see this movie it a big pile of pooh pooh with pooh on it. This is very bad. This is not a 4.9 this is a 1. This is an awful movie. It is not a good movie to see. Do not see it. It is awful. Do not see it. Do not see it do not see it. It is awful.

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