Bite has a premise that everyone can shudder at and be disgusted by. Whenever you return from a nice holiday you can’t help but feel downtrodden and ill. Especially if you’ve been bitten by a mysterious insect or creature, which is usually the catalyst for anyone and everyone to immediately become a hypochondriac. Bite takes this theory and runs with it, actually turning its protagonist into a monster. And it looks petrifying. Need proof? Then just take a look at Bite’s trailer below.
Who knew that Costa Rica could be so dangerous? No one. And I’m guessing that the country’s tourism board is hoping that Bite doesn’t turn into a bona-fide hit, otherwise they’ll have to go to great lengths to remind people that it is actually a luxurious, exotic location, rather than the home to insects that can turn you into a walking, talking nightmare.
Bite is clearly going to be a watch-through-fingers job. The trailer does a good job of setting up its bizarre sci-fi premise, while teasing that it’s going to be a proudly cheesy affair, all without giving away too many of its main scares. We get to see snippets of Casey’s transformation from bride-to-be to a disgusting six-foot tall insect, as she loses her hair, is covered in bloody gashes and wounds, and seemingly captures her friend with every intention of then eating her alive.
Directed by Chad Archibald (The Drownsman), Bite revolves around Casey, a bride-to-be who went on a bachelorette party to Costa Rica, only to receive a seemingly harmless bite from an unknown insect. Upon her return, Casey notices that the bite has grown into a full-blown infection, which is making her increasingly worse for wear.
This couldn’t have come at a worse time for Casey, as she is also having second thoughts about her wedding, too. But, those are firmly put on the back-burner as Casey begins to be overawed by her symptoms, even going as far as to build a hive for her ever growing collection of eggs. In order for her hive to flourish, it needs to be fed the flesh of others, while at the same time Casey’s transformation gets bloodier and more gruesome.
While The Drownsman was met with critical disdain, Bite has fared rather well during its festival jaunt after premiering at the 2015 Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal, where it won an Audience Award. You’ll be able to see what all the fuss is about when Bite is released on May 6.