by Patrick Bromley
I would love to just be able to use the one-word review "Bites" when talking about the new horror movie Bite, the latest pickup from the releasing arm of Scream Factory. But to do so would be a) hackier than even I'm comfortable being; b) dismissive and shitty and c) not entirely accurate. The movie does not bite. It's not great and I don't expect I'll think of it much after finishing this review, but there's stuff to like in it. This is the kind of horror movie I would neither encourage nor discourage anyone from watching.
From that point on, Bite becomes the stuff of standard body horror only minus the invention that distinguishes the best efforts from that particular subgenre. There's nothing in the movie that achieves the visceral, unpleasant impact of something like Eric England's Contracted or even Starry Eyes, which isn't technically a body horror movie and yet pulls off those tropes better than Bite does. The stuff with the thousands of tiny insect eggs is impactful and the film's best set piece owes everything to The Fly, but beyond that there isn't much to distinguish the movie.