ABC Film Challenge – Horror – C – Chastity Bites (2013) Movie Review

Director: John V Knowles

Writer: Lotti Pharriss Knowles (Screenplay)

Starring: Allison Scagliotti, Francia Raisa, Louise Griffiths, Eddy Rioseco, Amy Okuda, Sarah Stouffer, Lindsey Morgan

Plot: In the early 1600’s, Countess Elizabeth Bathory slaughtered more than 600 young women, believing if she bathed in the blood of virgins that she would stay young and beautiful forever. Still alive today, she’s found a perfect hunting ground for her ‘botox’ as an abstinence educator in conservative America, and the young ladies of San Griento High are poised to be her next victims. But will her unholy ritual finally be stopped by Leah Ratliff, a feminist blogger and ambitious reporter for the school paper?

Tagline – Who says the virgin always lives ’til the end?

Runtime: 1 Hour 33 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Fun Comedy

Story: Chastity Bites starts as ambitious writer Leah (Scagliotti) is looking for her latest story for the school paper, with her best friend Katharine (Raisa) getting picked on by the popular kids in their school. She thinks she has the big story set up, until a new woman Liz Batho (Griffiths) arrives to try and teach the young women of the school about the importance of holding onto their virginity.

As Leah dives deeper into the investigation, she learns the identity of Liz and needs to save Katharine from her grasps as well as the rest of the girls getting caught in her spell.

Thoughts on Chastity Bites

Characters – Leah is always looking for a story in her high school, she doesn’t want to be popular, she wants to successful only to find herself riling people up with her stories. She is looking for one last attempt at a story, which leads her to get involved in a bigger battle than she could ever imagine exposing the mysterious new woman in town. Katharine is the best friend of Leah, she always follows her, until she gets put in a position of being able to think for herself, getting drawn into the group created by Liz. Liz is the mysterious new woman in town, she encourages the girls of the high school to make pact to hold onto their virginity in a club, with her own motivation behind why she wants to have them around, being seductive on how she manages the girls.

PerformancesAllison Scagliotti in the leading role does work well, in her previous roles she always knew how to make her character feel like a confident outsider and this is no different. Francia Raisa as the best friend as fills this role well with Louise Griffiths being the seductive character that demands the attention when on screen.

StoryThe story here follows a high school that gets a new member that wants to encourage the girls to hold onto their virginity, while one student isn’t convinced with the motivate behind it, only to discover the truth about the motivation. This is a fun story, it uses the idea of a determined single-minded reporter doesn’t follow the crowd, where she uncovers a bigger plan being put into plan. The idea of the villainous figure is clever and is one that is very interesting to dive into, only for them to get beaten way to easily. We can have a lot of fun with the style in this story and it could be a late night horror delight.

Comedy/HorrorThe comedy in the film is mostly around high school actions, while the horror in the film comes from Liz motivation through the film.

SettingsThe film does use the high school setting well, with the big house for the secrets to be happening in, adding to the mystery being Liz.

Special EffectsThe effects in the film are the weakest part of it, with one part coming off especially bad, while most of the blood looks like paint.

Scene of the Movie – The dream connection.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – The CGI.

Final Thoughts This is a fun horror comedy, it will get laughs, we can enjoy the high school stereotypes too, with a story and villain which does stand out as more unique than most rivals.

Overall: Late Night Horror Comedy Delight.

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