BITE ME (2019) Reviews of romantic comedy vampire film – MOVIES and MANIA
Bite Me is a 2019 American romantic comedy horror movie directed by Meredith Edwards from a screenplay by co-producer Naomi McDougall Jones.
The film stars Christian Coulson, Naomi McDougall Jones and Annie Golden.
In New York City, Sarah (Naomi McDougall Jones) is a part of a subculture of people that determine as vampires and who imagine they should drink blood to remain wholesome. James (Christian Coulson) is an ex-pat IRS agent assigned to audit Sarah’s vampire church.
Romance sparks between the 2 whereas clashes between their completely different worlds trigger hiccups. Sarah’s roommates and neighborhood should not accepting of James, whereas James’ conservative Christian associates aren’t too keen on the vampire cult. As the approaching IRS ruling looms, the 2 are pressured to confront their emotions; will they abide by the norms or have they got the braveness to fall in love with outsiders?
Allegedly popularized both by Jimi Hendrix or Crosby Stills & Nash, relying on the supply, “Let your freak flag fly” is a well-liked expression of counter-culture, against-the-grain nonconformity. The credo may very well be utilized to a great deal of typically comedic screenplays – any materials through which an extraordinary type is launched right into a full of life, maybe misunderstood different life-style on the fringes of society, in guided-tour trend, emphasizing the buzzword ideas of “tolerance” and “empowerment” amidst the humorous happenings. Kinky Boots is however considered one of many examples (in a stretch, The Rocky Horror Picture Show is one other).
Bite Me, which, regardless of vampire stylings, will not be a horror and even supernatural style piece, however relatively a rom-com plea for tolerance, respect and inclusion for fashionable of us within the fashionable period who self-identify as glamorous, Gothic undead varieties.
The setting is New York City (credit score both the imaginative and prescient of director Meredith Edwards or a low-budget lack of capturing permits, however the metropolis appears remarkably underpopulated and village-cozy). Sarah (Naomi McDougall Jones, who co-wrote the script) is a transplanted Virginia lady, not on talking phrases together with her household. She, in actual fact, self-identifies as a “vampire,” as do her two feminine roommates (one a Muslim, from a equally scandalized family). Sarah nonetheless visits her flamboyant, wannabe-vampire ex-husband (Antino Crowley-Kamenwati), a high-profile lord-of-shadows-or-something within the subculture, who indoctrinated her initially (and was liable for her now-regretted face tattoo). Though divorced, she nonetheless feels compelled to ritually drink his blood, taking co-dependence to extremes.
Another man quickly enters Sarah’s life. He is James (Christian Coulson), a straitlaced, UK-born tax auditor, additionally divorced, relocated throughout the Atlantic apparently one of the best to distance himself from a clinging, controlling mum. Because Sarah and her flatmates have declared their lodgings a vampire “church” (“House of Twilight” with solely three congregants), they’ve resisted paying their charges. James is assigned to evaluate the validity of the case, cheered on all the way in which by his co-workers (considered one of whom is a part of a Christian sect, made to look as sinister and cult-ish as any of the blood drinkers).
Of course, James and Sarah despise one another initially. And in fact, they fall into romance, James spending an increasing number of day out of his mundane existence and into the girl’s vibrant netherworld of vampire rave events and fellowships. He doesn’t reveal, in fact, that he’s doing all this below the pretext of investigating her for the dreaded Internal Revenue Service.
Can there be a future for this odd couple? Even with a formulaic completely happy ending, one simply can’t think about this relationship enduring very lengthy earlier than actual life places a stake in it, nay, not even when James had been portrayed by the rom-com Prince of Darkness himself, Hugh Grant. Nonetheless, it’s an entertaining little bit of alterna-farce, with good jobs by the largely unfamiliar forged (pay attention for a joke about Coulson’s supporting half within the Harry Potter blockbusters) and a few sharp-toothed dialogue.
Of course, one should tackle religion the assertion that every one the harvested blood being imbibed by the characters has been voluntarily donated and personally authorized by (unseen) physicians as uninfected (and that heroine Sarah truly has a porphyria-like sickness that makes blood consuming medically essential). Moreover, as in so many different motion pictures, our heroine by some means affords an NYC flat, even with two roommates, on her earnings from a contract “career” as a form of grave genealogist. Now that’s paranormal-supernatural.
Watch for a short cameo by vampire-positive singer-songwriter Aurelio Voltaire (additionally heard on the soundtrack).
Charles Cassady Jr, MOVIES and MANIA
“Formulaic, but funny with some sweet moments, Bite Me is a romantic comedy for those who always thought they were a little bit different.” Battle Royale with Cheese
“Bite Me is an absolutely charming indie comedy that was emotionally engaging, fun and off-beat – embracing weirdness instead of tacking it on as a quirk. I really enjoyed it.” Kalafudra’s Stuff
” …it runs at a slick eighty minutes nevertheless it’s simply far too formulaic and predictable for my liking. Two folks, an unlikely couple, fall in love, they hit a number of bumps within the street, some ups and downs they usually find yourself collectively ceaselessly. You know the rating. I’ll persist with the far more twisted and unique horror variations of rom-coms.” Nerdly
” …whereas the course finds the fitting tone for a vampire film even with none horror mainstays, the leads are likeable and relatable and have real chemistry, and are supported by a really in a position ensemble to make this one a enjoyable watch.” Search My Trash
Adventure Kid and Blue Firefly Films will launch Bite Me on digital obtain on the eighth February 2022.
1 hour 23 minutes
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