Bite Me!
By: J.R. McNamara on February 8, 2006  |  Comments  |  Bookmark and Share
ei Independent Cinema (USA). All Regions, NTSC. 4:3. English DD 2.0. 84 minutes
The Movie
Director: Brett Piper
Starring:Misty Mundae, Julian Wells, Rob Monkiewicz, Caitlin Ross, Erika Smith, Sylvianne Chebance, John Paul Fedele
Screenplay: Brett Piper
Country: USA
Year: 2004
A lot of horror fans were introduced to the genre thanks to the cheapo, shot for video productions that first started to come out during the eighties. It was thanks to the video market, and those of us who spent more time watching B grade horror and sci-fi than doing our homework, that names like Dave DeCocteu, Fred Olen Ray, Brinke Stevens, Linnea Quigley, and Michelle Bauer became popular amongst the genre. Are they popular because of the quality of the acting, special effects and direction of their movies? No, the B grade film became popular because of the awkward direction, the dumb dialogue, the stupid storylines, the excessive nudity and gore…actually it was probably mainly due to the excessive amounts of gore and nudity. Happily, it appears that those days still here thanks to the producers from ei Independent Cinema and Shock-o-rama. Yes, the eighties B Movies are alive and well within the wall of this company. With Bite Me! , Shock-o-rama has proved themselves to be at the forefront of independent titty and gore flicks, with a dash of dumb humor thrown in.

When the Go Go Saurus Strip Clubs employees, Crystal (Misty Mundae), Amber (Caitlin Ross), Gina (Sylvianne Chebance), Trix (Erika Smith) and their manager Ralph (Michael R. Thomas) are attacked by mutated bugs, accidentally delivered to them in a crate of irradiated marijuana, that cause various changes to the people they bite, Its up toexterminator Buzz (Ron Monkiewicz) to save them from their plight. If only Agent Miles McCarthy (John Fedele), who puts the 'mental' in 'governmental', would stay out of the way…

Not for the serious horror fan, but it does star fan favorite, Misty Mundae, who proves on the extras that she is not just a naked chick in a b grade flick. In this film, Mundae does lead a cast of attractive girls, who are all easy on the eye, and whose acting is amusing, but suits the comedic side of the material perfectly.

Written and directed by Brett Piper, who has been proudly writing and directing B movies since Mysterious Planet in 1982; this movie has a retro script, a retro soundtrack and the best retro low tech special effects seen since 1989. Stop motion, blue screen and blood squibs, this movie uses every low budget trick available…who needs CGI? A great popcorn movie that doesn't take itself seriously in the slightest, the stereotypes alone can be checked off as B movie regulars (the tough chick, the new girl, and the brash old Jewish strip joint manager), a lotta fun and little substance. By the way, if one of the things you wished to see before you died was a naked girl attacking a mutant spider with a toilet plunger, you are in luck!!
This is a fullscreen movie that had no apparent faults, the image is sharp and the colors are bright.
Just a Dolby Digital Stereo 2.0, but for a B grader, what do you expect?
Extra Features
The extras for this disc are divided into five sub-headings:

Under the Bite Me! Title on the extras there are four featurettes:

Behind the Scenes documentary( 14 minutes 48 seconds) has interviews with various cast and crew about the entire filming process, and covers topics such as locations, and the decision to do the special effects stop-motion rather than CGI.

Making Movies – Misty Interview (15 minutes 29 seconds) is an interview with Misty Mundae where she discusses everything from nudity to quitting smoking, and reveals herself to be quite the filmmaker too.

Camera Test (2 minutes 24 seconds) is a small piece of rehearsal footage.

How to Crash a Car in Two Minutes (6 minutes and 14 seconds), which, when the featurette starts is actually called how to Crash A Car In Two HOURS. This is a short just about how a small indie film can cheaply do a car crash stunt. Not very informative or interesting.

The CKY subheading has a film clip for the song 'Shock and Horror' by CKY (which is, at times, out of lip sync) and the making of the clip, which ends up being pretty funny, as you would expect something that Bam Margera and his cohorts would get up to.

The Shock o Rama Cinema Trailers heading has the trailers for movies such as Suburban Nightmare, Lust for Dracula, Bite Me!, Screaming Dead, Blood Sisters:Vamps 2, Sinful Wives and Chantal. Each run for about 1 and a half minutes and will prove to you that independent cinema is alive and well, and still taking ideas from mainstream cinema and making them dirty…cool!

The Bite Me World Premiere @ the Rue Morgue Festival of Fear August 27th -29th, 2004 heading (8 minutes 48 seconds) is a short featuring stars Erika Smith and Misty Mundae at the Premiere of the movie, which was presented at 2004's Festival of Fear Convention in Canada, which is hosted by Rue Morgue magazine. This is really nothing more than a fluff piece that is probably more an advertisement for the wonderful Rue Morgue magazine that an actual serious documentary, but watching convention geeks is always a treat.

The weblinks heading is obviously weblinks for Rue Morgue and Fangoria magazine, CKY, Misty Mundae, Shock-o-rama Cinema and Chiller Theatre.

The DVD package also comes with an interesting 8 page booklet about the film production.
The Verdict
If you were into those B classics from the eighties, they have come back to haunt you. Probably not for the home DVD collection, but enough tits, crappy SFX and bad jokes to at least keep you interested for a watch.
Movie Score
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