NYAFF Midnight Movie: Dead Bite

Trailer "Dead Bite" Thai Movie 2011 By Phranakorn Film

[For the month of July, we will be covering the New York Asian Film Festival and the (also New York-based) Japan Cuts Film Festival, which together form one of the largest showcases of Asian cinema in the world. For our NYAFF coverage, head over here. For Japan Cuts, here.]

Last week’s midnight movies at the New York Asian Film Festival — Boxer’s Omen (1983) and Goke, Body Snatcher from Hell (1968) — were a blast. The midnight madness continues this weekend at the NYAFF, though the movies start a bit past 11:00 PM (aka the gentleman’s midnight).

Friday night is Dead Bite. This Thai horror movie is full of babes, blood, and beasts. Here’s a partial synopsis:

[Gankor Club, a Thai hiphop act, is] hired to play a concert for ghosts (an actual Thai tradition)… After their supernatural concert goes wrong, their sleazy manager promises them a cakewalk gig: a quick video shoot on a boat jammed with sexy swimsuit-clad ladies. Unfortunately, the boat gets stranded on Mermaid Island, inhabited by insane locals who are led by a forest goddess who loves to butcher tourists just because she can. Then things get worse, because every time it rains, an army of zombies rise from the surf to treat themselves to a buffet of human flesh.

This is one of those screenings I wish I could make it to because it looks like it could be total bananas. If it’s even half as good as last week’s midnighters, it will be a lot of fun.

[Dead Bite will be screening at Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater Friday, July 6th at 11:10 PM]

Hubert Vigilla
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