Title: Bite Marks

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Year: 2011

Genre: Horror / Comedy

Language: English

Runtime: 84 min

Director: Mark Bessenger

Writer: Mark Bessenger

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1697878/

Cary and Vogel are backpacking across the country and decide to shorten part of their trip by hitchhiking and it's this plan that lands them in the cab of truck driver Brewster. The two men join Brewster on his mysterious delivery that ends with the men having to fight off a horde of vampires.

Our thoughts:
"Bite Marks" is a gay movie. Gay. Gay. Gay. How gay is it? "Bite Marks" is so gay that it makes other gay movies stop and say, "Now that's a gay movie!" Actually, it's not - I just wanted to get that stupid shit out of my system. Well, I take that back. It is and it isn't. "Bite Marks" is the brainchild of writer and director Mark Bessenger who looks to put a spin on a VERY tired sub-genre that will most likely make most horror fans spaz out like the dorks that they are.

"Bite Marks" is about a gay couple, Cary and Vogel, who are backpacking across the country and if their constant fighting isn't bad enough, they get picked up by Brewster. A homophobic truck driver (who is only homophobic because he's sexually confused) who is making a special and unusual delivery. A Japanese used-panty vending machine? Nope. Close, but it's a casket. What's in the casket? A goddamn vampire, that's what. So, of course, all three men get stranded, accidentally let the vampire out and then fight for their lives until the sun rises.

Mark Bessenger's "Bite Marks" is another self-aware genre love letter feature length debut that embraces both it's cheesy-horror nature and it's homosexuality. If the movie isn't cracking jokes about characters being caught in a typical situation with vampires, then it's making fun of the fact that our characters are a bunch of gay dudes. And not in that Eli Roth homophobic matter. Nein, "Bite Marks" doesn't have a problem with making fun of itself as well as horror movies. Sometimes the jokes are good, like having Stephen Geoffreys making a cameo (If you don't get why that's funny, then please go lay down before you hurt yourself.), and sometimes the jokes fall flat. Typical self-aware horror comedy issues.

I actually don't have much to say on "Bite Marks": As a whole, it's an alright movie - some good jokes and some decent gore gags. My problem is that it's a very very typical and doesn't have that much to offer a viewer outside of the gimmick that it is a typical horror movie setup, but with gay characters. That might make it more appealing for some or it may send others running for the hills. Made no difference to me since everything is pretty much the same, except the dialogue is coming from men of a different sexual persuasion. The fact that it's nothing but another horror-comedy that spends it's time making fun of itself and saying, "Hey, this is like that one thing in that one movie!" is what hurts the movie the most. There are certainly worst movies to waste your time with but don't expect "Bite Marks" to stick with you after it's over.

Positive things:
- Willing to poke fun of itself. In more ways than one.
- I'm not the biggest fan of "Fright Night" but Stephen Geoffreys' cameo was fun.

Negative things:
- Very typical self-aware horror comedy.

Gore: 2/5
Nudity: 2/5
Story: 2/5
Effects: 2.5/5
Comedy: 2/5

We got this movie from:
Breaking Glass Pictures

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