Case Number 22950: Small Claims Court

BITE MARKS

Breaking Glass // 2011 // 84 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge Brett Cullum // December 16th, 2011

The Charge

Five vampires, two gay guys, and one trucker. Who's gonna make it out alive?

The Case

Bite Marks is an odd little horror comedy that owes much to Fright Night and Scream. The lead characters know they are in a horror film, are aware of the traditional rules, and think they know just how to deal with the menace at hand. The twist here is that it's a bickering gay couple who end up hitchhiking with a homophobic trucker, and they all find out too late that the cargo in back is a whole load of nosferatu. Can they make it to sunrise, or will they all end up on the blood buffet of their unexpected guests?

This is a low budget independent film, and it looks like it. Bite Marks has a "straight to video" feel, but some inventive effects and a game cast which steps up to save the whole thing. For fright fans, there is a cameo from Stephen Geoffreys, Evil Ed in the original Fright Night (1985). The rest of the leads are pretty much unknowns from the gay indie world, but seem to handle the tone really well. There are some smart lines about vampire movies that let you know the filmmakers at least have some respect for the genre, though not too much respect to keep them from blaspheming the established traditions.

Breaking Glass' DVD release features a nice 1.85:1 standard definition anamorphic widescreen transfer, though the black levels are sometimes a bit too inky. The pedestrian Dolby 2.0 stereo mix does a great job with the dialogue. Bonus features are plentiful, including two commentaries -- one with the director solo, and the other with his leading actors in on the discussion -- cast and crew interviews, a gag reel, photos, and a whole slew of audition footage. It's a great package for a little indie horror flick.

Bite Marks is a fun horror comedy with a great concept -- two gay guys and a trucker taking on the undead -- done smartly. Plus, there are some unique twists on vampire lore that add a fresh spin on an overplayed genre. It's a tongue-in-cheek slam on Twilight mania, definitely worth checking out, if you like your gays with a side of gore.

The Verdict

Guilty of skewering vampire movies with a queer twist.

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Scales of Justice
Judgment: 84

Perp Profile
Studio: Breaking Glass
Video Formats:
* 1.85:1 Anamorphic

Audio Formats:
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)

Subtitles:
* None

Running Time: 84 Minutes
Release Year: 2011
MPAA Rating: Not Rated

Distinguishing Marks
* Commentaries
* Interviews
* Auditions
* Gag Reel
* Photo Gallery

Accomplices
* IMDb
http://us.imdb.com/title/tt1697878/combined