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At its best, and it gets pretty good after a really rocky start, "Bite" is a clever gorefest with some creative twists and turns.
After an opening 10 minutes that promises something depressingly mediocre, the film takes a turn to the atmospheric and gruesome, and winds up being one of the year's more provocative shockers.
It seems to exist merely to spoil your appetite.
This is pure body horror, focusing on the vomit and pus and oozy emissions that accompany Casey's entomological alterations - but it is also an allegory of a young woman's full, monstrous conversion to marriage, maternity and hardcore homemaking.
If you want to see a classic scary monster movie and only have time for one, this is it.
Bite is one of the best indie horror films I've seen all year.
Bite is still a wholly ambitious affair and a tenacious effort from Chad Archibald, who proves he has a strong grasp of how to make an intelligent horror movie that often defies genre expectations.
"Bite" is a slimily well-made creature feature undercut by its near-constant divorce from logic.
While Bite will make you squirm with mounds and mounds of bile-inducing horror, the film fails to offer much else as you care little about any of the characters and the story is familiar ground that has been done before with more satisfying results
an expertly rendered gross-out that never takes itself too seriously, although there are times when you wish it had taken itself a little more seriously
Pro tip, ladies: A pregnancy test that comes up positive might just mean you are incubating some exotic fish-bug nasties. Ask your doctor!
If you want a well-rounded horror film that has more going on than a serious ick factor, this one comes up a bit lacking.
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