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Bite is a 2015 Canadian Body Horror film written and directed by Chad Archibald (The Drownsman, Ejecta), starring Elma Begovic, Annette Wozniak, and Jordan Grey.

Casey (Begovic) returns home from her bachelorette party in Costa Rica with a seemingly innocuous insect bite but is too preoccupied with her issues at home to take note. An over-bearing mother-in-law, and cold feet over her impending marriage to Jared (Grey) are at the top of her list of concerns but the horrifying effects of the bite are the one thing she will not be able to escape from as her instincts take a turn for the murderous and her body degenerates into an insectoid form.

This film provides examples of:

  • Accidental Murder: Jared's mother dies when Casey spits acid on her face. Kirsten later dies when Casey seals her mouth and nose shut with goo.
  • All Webbed Up: When Jill is held captive, she is tied to a chair by Casey's organic webbing. After accidentally murdering Kirsten, her corpse is webbed up in Casey's bedroom.
  • Artificial Hybrid: A particularly vomit-inducing example, where The Virus causes the protagonist to undergo a slow and stomach-churning transformation.
  • Art Shift: The scenes of Casey's honeymoon at the start of the film, including the fateful bug bite, are presented as "found footage" but the rest of the film employs a more conventional narrative.
  • Auto Erotica: Jared and Jill in the parking lot outside Casey's apartment. Casey hears it and screams loud enough to break it up.
  • Beware My Stinger Tail: Casey grows a scorpion-like tail between Kirsten's death and the climax, and uses it to finish off Jill and mortally wound Jared.
  • Body Horror: The basic plot revolves around Casey being bitten by a waterborne insect while vacationing, infecting her with a mutagenic virus that slowly transforms her into a human-insect hybrid. And it only gets worse from there.
  • Cobweb Jungle: Casey's apartment becomes this as her transformation progresses. When the hazmat people find Jared, there is a cobweb structure around his body.
  • The End... Or Is It?: The film ends with two women jogging and discussing their upcoming vacation. One of them is bitten by one of the strange bugs that bit Casey, starting the cycle again. It is furthermore implied that the infection could soon become widespread.
  • Evil-Detecting Dog: The one neighbor's dog is reluctant to go out with Casey once she's visibly ill.
  • Fanservice: During the honeymoon scenes, we are treated to some rather nice shots of the film's very attractive leads (of both sexes) in swimwear. Unfortunately, it soon changes into Fan Disservice once Casey gets bitten.
  • Fan Disservice: CASEY. She has a sex scene with Jared and then is naked in the climax, both cases played for Body Horror.
  • Gorn: While Casey's transformation is already pretty gruesome in itself, the climactic scenes take it to the next level.
  • The Hero Dies: Jared is mortally wounded right before he can deal the final blow to Casey, he only lives long enough to stumble back to his apartment and dies before he can dial 911.
  • Hope Spot: The Police, SWAT, and Hazmat teams arrive at Jared's apartment at the end of the movie, and it initially looks like he's still alive... only for his body's twitching to actually be a massive swarm of bugs breaking loose from his body.
  • Jerkass: Jill, even before The Reveal, is presented as an utter asshole.
  • Mandatory Motherhood: Casey's fiancé and her soon-to-be mother-in-law repeatedly attempt to pressure her into starting a family.
  • Monstrous Humanoid: Casey as her transformation progresses.
  • Nightmare Sequence: Casey has one where she sees herself giving birth to insect eggs as her friends and family members chant, "Babies! Babies!" before proceeding to stomp on the eggs.
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  • Pet the Dog: Despite being a horrible jerkass towards Casey, Jill still makes a genuine effort to reach out to her and help her deal with her situation once she's infected. That said, Jill's behavior could have been more of an attempt to assuage Casey for mercy since Jill had already tried to seduce Jared and had not shown any desire to help Casey before being held captive.
  • Patient Zero: With how the movie ends, Casey could be seen this way.
  • Pregnancy Scare: Casey's positive pregnancy test is implied to be either a false positive due to transformation-related hormone changes, or the laying of thousands of insect eggs was her "pregnancy".
  • Protagonist Journey to Villain: Casey suffers from Body Horror and her boyfriend dumping her for her alleged best friend Jill, resulting in a massive Sanity Slippage.
  • Rape as Drama: Casey wakes up on the beach without her clothes or her engagement ring during the trip, thinking that one of the guys she met there must have assaulted her. While it's not actually referred to as sexual assault, it pretty clear that's exactly what it is. We later learn that her best friend Jill allowed her to be raped and took her engagement ring in a ploy to seduce Jared.
  • The Reveal: Jill was the one who stole Casey's engagement ring in Costa Rica, letting her believe that she had a one-night stand. In fact, Casey was forced into sex while drunk against her will, and Jill recorded the act. This was all a set up for Jill to seduce Jared, who she was secretly in love with.
  • Sanity Slippage: Body Horror and Jill letting her get sexually assaulted so that Jared would dump her did not do wonders for Casey's mental health.
  • Slashed Throat: How Casey finishes off Jill.
  • Slow Transformation: Casey's transformation into a Monstrous Humanoid.
  • Too Dumb to Live:
    • Jared's mother flat-out ignores all the bug eggs in Casey's apartment and the apparent Body Horror she's going through, just to chew her out over apparently having a lovechild. It gets her a death by acid spit.
    • Jill later sees Casey's apartment covered in slime, eggs, and webbing, and knows Casey might have a grudge against her, and still goes in to meet with her.
  • Tragic Monster: Casey. She suffers a bad case of Body Horror, then finds out her best friend Jill set her up to get dumped by Jared, resulting in a Sanity Slippage.
  • The Virus: Casey's transformation begins due to a bug bite, and she lays eggs which spawn more insects that escape. It's implied the spawned bugs will cause each human they bite to suffer the same fate as Casey.
  • Virus-Victim Symptoms: The bug bite first makes Casey sick, pale, and unable to keep solid food down, but eventually she becomes aggressive and territorial, redecorating her apartment with sheets of resin and a layer of gelatinous eggs, and eventually attacking and killing people, focusing on those who have caused her the most problems throughout the movie.
  • With Friends Like These...: Jill is just the worst friend possible for Casey, or anyone for that matter.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Casey. As if getting infected with a mutagenic virus and turned into a bug wasn't bad enough, her best friend betrays her and her fiancé cheats on her with said friend. It's no surprise therefore that she eventually rips the former's throat out and stings the latter several times before finally dying.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Jared's mother confronts Casey about the latter's supposed infidelity, disregarding the large numbers of insect eggs beginning to cover the apartment, even when it's obvious she should be calling 911 instead of interrogating Casey about who the father of her 'baby' is. It gets her killed.
  • Your Head Asplode: During the climactic scenes, Jared stomps on Casey's head, which explodes into green goo.