The world is made up of all kinds of amazing people who want to be accepted for who they are…but what if you’re a vampire? Bite Me is a very funny love story about people on the edge of society trying to fit in and find true love.
After zombies, my second love is vampires. I was a big fan of the Twilight Saga and books…and I even went to every single midnight premier of every single Twilight film with my daughter and nieces. I miss those days. I was Team Edward by the way.
Adventure Kid and Blue Firefly Films has given us a romantic comedy, Bite Me, which was written and directed by Naomi McDougall Jones and Meredith Edwards. Naomi McDougall Jones is a film activist, and her Ted Talk on “Women in Hollywood” drew enough attention from thousands of philanthropists who helped financed this film.
Bite Me, which stars Naomi McDougall Jones, Meredith Edwards, Naomi Grossman, Mahira Kakkar, Christian Coulson, Antino Crowley-Kamenwati, and Annie Golden, is not your typical supernatural vampire story. Sarah (Naomi McDougall Jones) and her two roommates, Chrissy (Naomi Grossman from American Horror Story: Freaks) and Lily (Mahira Kakkar) are definitely vampires, but they don’t sleep in coffins, don’t have fangs (unless they wear fake ones) and they all have jobs. They do drink blood from donors, but that is the only thing that is similar to supernatural vampires
The fun begins when their church, The House of Twilight, gets audited by the IRS. When Sarah meets with IRS agent James (Christian Coulson), there is definitely a spark between them, but James has a very controlling mother, and much worse…a religious fanatic coworker/ roommate, Faith (Annie Golden) who steals every scene with her holy water and crucifix.
While Sarah deals with her ex-husband/vampire, Stacz (Antino Crowley-Kamenwati), going on a reality show where he lies and says that vampires sleep in coffins, stereotyping his fellow vampires for instant fame…Lily, a Muslim, is dealing with the religious aspects of her being a vampire and dating Muslim men.
The cast is outstanding, especially as I said above with Annie Golden playing the religious fanatic that would put even the Evangelical Taliban to shame. Poor James does his best to understand the whole thing about drinking blood and also protecting Sarah from his boss Tim (Harold Surratt) who wants the case closed. Naomi Grossman was at the top of her game as the cocky resistance fighter for vampire rights.
Remember at the start of this review that I mentioned that Naomi McDougall Jones had that Ted Talk about women in Hollywood; well the film not only had a female director, writer, star, but many of the crew were made up of women and people of color. Now that is what I call practicing what you preach.
The world is made up of all kinds of amazing people who want to be accepted for who they are. It is time to make everyone feel welcomed…even a vampire. Bite Me will be released on Digital Download on February 8, 2022. Watch it and tell me what you think.