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Bit

by Kevin Taft
EDGE Media Network Contributor
Tuesday Aug 20, 2019
'Bit'
'Bit'  

A sort of re-imagining of "Lost Boys," but with a queer feminist spin, "Bit" is a comedy/horror hybrid that unfortunately doesn't bring a lot of comedy to the proceedings.

Starring trans actress Nicole Maines ("Supergirl"), the story centers on the formerly-troubled Nicole (Maines), who is visiting her brother Mark (James Paxton) in Los Angeles before she decides on her next move after graduating high school. There, she is sucked into a group of gals led by Duke (Diana Hopper), the bad-girl leader of a pack of vampires. When one of the group (Zolee Griggs) almost kills Laurel for food, she is saved by Duke and allowed to choose whether or not to become a vampire. Like Michael in "The Lost Boys" before her, Laurel has to decide whether to take the leap and become a full-fledged bloodsucker, or eschew a life of sleeping all day and partying all night.

Writer/director Brad Michael Elmore has some chops in the directing department (especially with a low budget), and some of his dialogue is fairly zippy, but the plot is nothing new and the feminist "all men are horrible creatures" angle is somewhat misguided and annoyingly misused.

Maines is good here. The plot description points out she is a transgender girl, though if you didn't know that, you wouldn't know the character was, either. And when she and her brother discuss her past psychological problems it seems to come out of nowhere, and you're never quite sure what her issues were. (Yes, I was not aware of who this actress was despite having heard of her role on "Supergirl," which I don't watch.)

Hopper is appropriately bitchy and comes across like an old-fashioned chick from the '50s, but the shtick gets old pretty fast and isn't all that interesting.

Despite looking pretty good for an indie, the entire film is a bit of a "been there done that," while not really adding anything new to the genre.

I do think Elmore will continue to grow as a director and writer; his dialogue has a touch of that panache of old Kevin Williamson. I just wish the movie had more bite.

Kevin Taft is a screenwriter/critic living in Los Angeles with an unnatural attachment to 'Star Wars' and the desire to be adopted by Steven Spielberg.


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