BITE ME (2022)
Romantic comedy has a simple story to tell. Vampire Sarah (Naomi McDougall Jones) finds herself being audited by the IRS. What she doesn’t expect is to fall in love with her human IRS auditor James (Christian Coulson).
Indie flick is directed by Meredith Edwards from a script by star Naomi McDougall Jones. The cast are all good playing an interesting and eclectic bunch of characters and Jones and Coulson do have a nice on-screen chemistry. What takes the flick down is the humanization of the vampires. By taking away their supernatural qualities and abilities, they are just a bunch of freaky Goth people who need to drink blood to stay nourished. Something about their bodies not producing the life energy that blood provides. They don’t even stalk and hunt, they have donors who volunteer to feed them. They even can move about freely in the daytime. By removing the most interesting part of being vampires, they remove the more interesting conundrums of a human/vampire relationship. It just becomes another mundane romcom about a quirky couple trying to make a relationship work. Respectable effort, but in its strive to be different, it becomes something we’ve seen all so many times before.