ABC Film Challenge – Horror – B – Bite (2015)

Director: Chad Archibald

Writer: Jayme Laforest (Screenplay)

Starring: Elma Begovic, Annette Wozniak, Denise Yuen, Jordan Gray, Lawrence Denkers

 

Plot: While on her bachelorette party getaway, Casey, the bride to be, gets a seemingly harmless bite from an unknown insect. After the trip, Casey discovers that everything can change with a single bite.


Tagline – This may sting a little.

Runtime: 1 Hour 28 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Body Horror Delight

 

Story: Bite starts as we follow the bachelorette party for Casey (Begovic) with her best friends Jill (Wozniak) and Kirsten (Yuen) who enjoy drinks and partying. While away Casey gets bitten, but doesn’t think too much about it.

Arriving home Casey must face her soon be husband Jared (Gray) who is wanting kids, something Casey isn’t looking to have. This is the least of the problems Casey is facing, because the bite she received is becoming infected, she is becoming sicker by the day and worst of all, she is now pregnant. As the infection spreads Casey sees everything change as she starts to change herself.

 

Thoughts on Bite

 

Characters – Casey is about to marry Jared, she has her bachelorette party with friends in Costa Rica where she gets bitten. She is having second thoughts about the wedding, but the bite starts to change her too as she goes through a transformation. Jill and Kirsten are your generic best friends, they both offer advice but don’t offer too much to the overall story.

PerformancesThis performance is all about Elma Begovic, who goes through the transformation and convinces through each stage she goes through. The other performances do the job well without being memorable in anyway.

StoryThe story focuses on one woman who goes through a body transformation after being bitten by a bug. We do have a side story that showing the pressure of an upcoming wedding, but otherwise there isn’t too much else going on. The way Casey acts is similar to Brundlefly from the Fly as she retreats while the transformation continues to get worse for her. If you want that style of movie you will enjoy the simple side of the story.

HorrorThis is body horror through and through, we see a body decay and transform into the new creature with each scene bringing the next level of gore.

SettingsThe settings start by showing the holiday where the bite happens, but most of the rest of the film takes place in the apartment which follows the transformation in darkness.

Special EffectsThe effects here are brilliant as we see practical one to show the transformation in all its horror.


Scene of the Movie –
Transformation.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Why didn’t she just go to the doctors to start with?

Final ThoughtsBody horror is a genre I find myself talking about a lot, this is why I can see people enjoying it because it does show the talented effects artists in the business and just how far they can take things.

 

Overall: Body Horror at its delightful twisted best.

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The Strangers (2008)

Director: Bryan Bertino

Writer: Bryan Bertino (Screenplay)

Starring: Scott Speedman, Liv Tyler, Gemma Ward, Kip Weeks, Laura Margolis

 

Plot: A young couple staying in an isolated vacation home are terrorized by three unknown assailants.


Tagline – Because you were home.

Runtime: 1 Hour 26 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Suspense Filled Horror

 

Story: The Strangers starts when struggling couple James (Speedman) and Kristen (Tyler) head off for a romantic weekend away things don’t go as planned as the two don’t let things go as they want to leave. When Kristen gets a return guest she believes she isn’t alone and soon they learn how many guests they have.

The strangers Dollface (Ward) Pin-Up Girl (Margolis) and the leader a man with a mask (Weeks) refuse to let the leave, terrorising them in their own holiday location. This becomes a battle to survive against a calculated enemy.

 

Thoughts on The Strangers

 

Characters – Kristen is our leading lady in this, she goes on the trip to look to save her relationship but you feel she is too far gone after whatever pulled them apart. She must stay one step ahead of the strangers too. James is the partner of Kristen, he is willing to give her the space she wants to help save their relationship too, he offers himself to save her too. The strangers characters spend most of the film stalking their victims, they seem to be playing it safe letting them make the mistakes but also teasing exits too.

PerformancesLiv Tyler is the highlight of the film with a strong performance of terror with Scott Speedman being good, the three strangers performers are good throughout looking menacing through the film.

StoryThe story is very simple, a couple get terrorised in their own home by strangers, we don’t learn their motives, we only seem to follow the basics of building up but it works on many levels to keep us on edge through the film. if you want a full effects of everything you will be left disappointed but it was good for not giving us something you would expect.

Horror/MysteryThe horror is based on the idea of being invaded by an unknown group of people that seemingly just want chaos. The mystery never gets solved which is important for us to see too.

SettingsThe film is set in one home in the middle of nowhere which is easily the highlight of the film, it shows us not being able to find a way to escape.

Special EffectsThe effects are used when needed which are good to show where things could go.


Scene of the Movie –
The aftermath.

That Moment That Annoyed Me We don’t see enough of what Strangers do.

Final ThoughtsThis is a horror that is filled with suspense which is great, but if you want to see the horror things will not being what you are expecting.

 

Overall: Horror for all the fans.

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