The Fantasia film festival hosted the world premiere of director Chad Archibald’s (The Drownsman) Bite over the weekend, and it has been reported that the film was just too gruesome for some hardened horror fans.
Bloody Disgusting reported the scoop, stating the the festivals co-director announced the following on Facebook:
I leave the BITE premiere for all of ten minutes and the following text lights up my phone: “2 people,fainted. One girl is puking and another hit his head on stairs”. Truth.
An ambulance was called to the scene, but it appears that Archibald was well aware his new film would likely make audiences uneasy. Before the film began, special branded Bite sick bags were handed to viewers, and BD shared a photo of one:
While it is never a pleasant experience to become unwell, or witness someone become unwell in a cinema, it is great publicity for the film, which promises to be pretty intense. So well done Archibald, it sounds like you have nailed it, and no doubt this news will make horror fans even more excited to see the film.
Bite will play at the UK’s FrightFest in a few weeks.
Bite is written and directed by Chad Archibald, and the cast includes Elma Begovic, Annette Wozniak, and Jordan Gray.
While on her bachelorette party getaway, Casey, the bride to be, gets a seemingly harmless bite from an unknown insect. After returning home with cold feet, Casey tries to call off her wedding but before she’s able to, she starts exhibiting insect like traits. Between her physical transformation and her wedding anxiety, Casey succumbs to her new instincts and begins creating a hive that not only houses her translucent eggs, but feeds on the flesh of others. As her transformation becomes complete, Casey discovers that everything can change with a single bite.