Bite, Chad Archibald Delivers with”Body Horror”
Bite film details
Director: Chad Archibald
Release Date: 6 May 2016 (USA)
Release Format: Video on Demand, DVD
While on her bachelorette party getaway, Casey, the bride to be, gets a seemingly harmless bite from an unknown insect. After returning home with cold feet, Casey tries to call off her wedding but before she’s able to, she starts exhibiting insect like traits. Between her physical transformation and her wedding anxiety, Casey succumbs to her new instincts and begins creating a hive that not only houses her translucent eggs, but feeds on the flesh of others. As her transformation becomes complete, Casey discovers that everything can change with a single bite.
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Chad Archibald’s “Bite” is a product of an accelerated marketing campaign. The publicity engine went full force for this film. The intent aimed? To establish “Bite” as a vomit inducing horrifying masterpiece. Advertising succeeded within the design to conjure interest among the masses. The scene composition and on-screen carnage are without question the best in recent years. Chad Archibald succeeded in creating a grotesque masterpiece in his latest film, “Bite”. More on that in a moment. Back to the marketing behind Chad Archibald’s film…
News circulated on an incident at the “Bite” screening. According to the report, two people allegedly vomited and fainted during the premier. The unfortunate event spun across the interwebs to make it seem as if Chad Archibald’s film was the source. Yet, the report failed to note if these individuals were sick. Did they have a medical condition? Was it a bad reaction with the lunch specials? It didn’t matter. The circumstance occurred during the Chad Archibald’s film screening. That was enough to garner attention from the Horror community.
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“Bite” became one of 2016’s much-anticipated Horror films. Reviews erupted across many entertainment news sources. Critics praised Chad Archibald’s film for gory visuals and terrifying exhibitions. Horror enthusiasts were anxious to watch this new “Body-Horror” film concept. Personally, curiosity succumbed to the praise and publicity surrounding “Bite”. Once the film released it was the perfect time to see what all the hubbub was about.
A female form of beauty becomes a canvas for a gruesome transformation. This the highlight of the film “Bite”. The make-up effects department are the shining contributors towards Chad Archibald’s vision. From the subtle signs of infection to the complete transformation, the make-up designs were phenomenal. “Bite” is a testament for the excellent application of practical effects.
Another major contribution to Chad Archibald’s film is the set design. Audiences will be in awe by the intricate details offered to the nightmarish setting. The scenes actually transform in sync with the doomed protgoninist. In fact, the environment became a living entity on its own.
The set design and the practical effects were the driving force behind “Bite”. Special attention went into creating a lavish exhibition of gore and disgust. Chad Archibald’s film will be forever remembered for it’s supurb visual effects and design.
Chad Archibald’s “Bite”does not reinvent a trend and neither redefines a sub-genre. In fact, Archibald’s film appears more as a template-based production. The film parallels Eric England’s 2013 film, Éric Falardeau’s 2012 film. Derek Lee and Clif Prowse offered a found footage perspective with their 2012 production. Let’s not forget David Cronenberg’s 1986 film. This classic Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi film provides the large source of influence for “Bite”.
The story offered within Chad Archibald’s film is not impressive on any level. The characters are one dimensional and lack structure. The sub-plot is basic and a source of interest is absent. In fact, the mother-in-law and daughter-in-law conflict is something offered many times over. The protagonist’s inner conflict is out of place. The story behind her lack of commitment would fit under a different film tonality.
If the plot and characters structure were on par with the make-up effects Chad Archibald’s film would undoubtedly be a perfect Horror film.
“Bite” is not vomit-inducing, and nor does it cause fainting and/or seizures. The only merits offered are the practical effects and set design. The story is weak and the characters are short from spctacular. Is “Bite” a film to watch? Absolutely. The grand exhibiton of Horror effects presented in “Bite” merits a worth while viewing.
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