The world has been ravaged by a disease called The Bite — a virus that turns people into blood thirsty vampire. Nick Hazzard is a man who lost his wife to the disease and vows to destroy every bloodsucker he comes across.
The fine folks at Cult Movia Mania have unearthed another lost Wynkoop treasure with “The Bite”. Much like “Lost Faith”, Joel Wynkoop combines faith and kung-fu in an ambitious no-budget action flick. “The Bite”, however, is another movie where the quality, or lack thereof, is made up for in charm.
In a post-apocalyptic future, the world has gone to hell thanks to a disease known as The Bite — a virus that turns both the living and the dead into blood thirsty vampires. Nick Hazzard is a man who lost his wife to the disease and now spends his days trying to save any humans he finds, while also trying to send any vampire back to hell. As fate would have it, Nick becomes the chosen one to hunt down the head vampire who created this nightmare in attempt to save the world.
When you watch no-budget shot-on-video movies, you have to have a particular mindset where you’re able to take the bad with the good since there’s usually more bad than good. “The Bite” is a highly ambitious movie from Joel Wynkoop — who wrote, directed, and stars in the movie — about the world being taken over by vampires. Not an easy concept to execute on any budget, but that didn’t stop Joel from making the movie where he dishes out his two favorite things: faith and high kicks!
Except that these things are delivered in glorious no-budget fashion. That sounds horrible, but it’s what makes the movie charming. Joel may not have had the resources to make a good looking movie, but he had the drive and ended producing something that was fun and admirable. What makes it fun and admirable is because you can see what they were trying to accomplish — the look and style of a high-end post-apocalyptic movie. There are attempts at technical elements as well, like having someone glide across the room. Sometimes it worked and other times it didn’t, but again it’s admirable in what they were trying to accomplish and that’s what makes the movie enjoyable. And not in an ironic way either.
“The Bite” is also entertaining because it features Joel’s signature action style. No matter what the movie is, Joel finds a way to include energetic fight scenes that always have people getting kicked in the face, repeatedly, and it is spectacular. Sure, the movie is a little bit cheesy when people are just randomly laying on the ground but pop up flashing their plastic vampire fangs, but it’s made up for in spades when Joel dispenses with the martial arts. I’m not being sardonic when I say that either. No one does no-budget action and fight scenes the way Joel Wynkoop does (other than maybe Len Kabasinski) and it becomes a highlight for “The Bite”.
Well, that and a scene featuring the Cuban werewolf himself, Gustavo Perez, trying have sex in an alleyway (in a post-apocalyptic world, mind you…) but gets punched in the face for his effort.
The audience for “The Bite” may not be big but if you love the films of Joel D. Wynkoop or no-budget SOV flicks, then this is the perfect movie for you. It’s cheesy and schlocky, but it’s a neat little movie to watch because it’s charmingly ambitious with lots of little entertaining moments with Joel and his kung-fu action.