Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Bite Marks

Bite Marks, dir. Mark Bessenger, 2011 USA, 84 min. 
Fri. 6/17, 9:30 p.m. @ Victoria
[screened with, dir. Guy Shalem, 2010 USA, 14 min.; (not reviewed)]
Hey, Brewster! What’s in the
back o’ that truck, anyhow??

I should say at the outset that I’m not really an aficionado of vampire movies, or horror movies in general. That said, Bite Marks is a passable entry in the vampire genre. We start with a truck driver named Brewster (Benjamin Lutz) who subs at the last minute for his missing brother, delivering some coffins. Along the way, he picks up a couple of hitchhikers, college boys Cary (Windham Beacham, Long-Term Relationship [2006]) and Vogel (David Alanson). Of course, there be vampires in them thar coffins, and so our trio must work out what really works against vampires, as opposed to the silly stuff they put in movies.

Cary (Windham Beacham) and Vogel
(David Alanson), lookin’ fer vampires.
Aside from chowing down on corpses, the vampires have a few other tricks up their sleeves, to try to lure the boys out of the safety of the truck and to stop them from getting help. All the while, there’s sexual tension aplenty, as Brewster is secretly intrigued to learn that Cary and Vogel are lovers. Sadly, the lady vampire’s efforts at seduction are entirely wasted on these boys.

The story is a bit cheesy, but after all, we’re talking about a vampire movie, so that’s a given. This one sets up the conflict without undue reliance on gross-me-out splatterfest, and it keeps a self-deprecating sense of humor as the boys try just about anything short of a necklace of garlic to keep the fangers at bay. The production values are excellent, so if you like vampire movies but have always wished for a fun gay subtext in the center of the story instead of off on the fringes, this is your flick. Recommended generally; highly recommended for fans of vampire/horror movies.

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