Bite Marks Movie Review
Written by TGM
DVD released by Vicious Circle Films
Written & directed by Mark Bessenger
2011, 84 minutes, Not Rated
DVD released on November 15th, 2011
Benjamin Lutz as Brewster
Windham Beacham as Cary
David Alanson as Vogel
Krystal Main as Vampire Girl
Stephen Geoffreys as Walsh
Racheal Rivera as Waitress
John Werskey as The Mechanic
Bite Marks is an easily forgettable vampire horror/comedy involving the goofball brother of a missing trucker who is forced into delivering his sibling’s overdue cargo of coffins. While en route to his destination, he picks up a bickering couple who just happen to be hitchhiking across country. Of course, one of the coffins has an unexpected occupant, and bloodsucking hilarity ensues.
Bite Marks does try and establish some of its own rules regarding vampires in an attempt to bring something novel to an increasingly tired genre. Were you aware that pages torn directly out of a Bible and taped together across a windshield act as an effective vampire barrier? Or that vampires look exactly how you want them to look, meaning if you think the vampire should be a buxom chick, then that’s what it appears as, and if you believe that the vampire should be a shirtless Menudo backup dancer, then you will get your wish! None of these revelations are either groundbreaking or offensive and they work fairly well within the context of the story. Vampire purists will likely get their noses bent out of shape by some of these new “rules”, but considering the overall uninspired story line, they’d likely have more important things to bitch about.
A lot, at least in the advertising of this film, is made out of the fact that there are – OMG – homosexuals featured predominantly in Bite Marks. Usually gay couples, especially in the horror or comedy realms, are relegated to being the stereotypical comic relief. Refreshingly, this particular relationship is portrayed about as mundane and run-of-the-mill as any heterosexual couple’s, and in fact comes across as quite charming. The banter between Cary and Vogel is full of quasi-humorous quips and current social references that will make the film feel dated in about two years, but for now, make it the highlight of an otherwise lackluster production.
Video, Audio and Special Features:
Video, audio and special features will not be graded as this was a screener.