Love Bite

Taking refuge in an abandoned cargo truck during the Zombie Apocalypse, a dysfunctional couple (and their dog) find their lives on the line when they make a deadly bet over how the undead virus spreads. Is a simple love bite now a death sentence? And how far will someone go to be proven right?

  • Charles de Lauzirika
    Director
  • Carlee Baker
    Writer
  • Charles de Lauzirika
    Writer
  • Carlee Baker
    Key Cast
    "Nancy"
  • Cuyle Carvin
    Key Cast
    "George"
  • Toddrick Thomas
    Key Cast
    "Lead Drooler"
  • Jamie Davenport
    Producer
  • Charles de Lauzirika
    Producer
  • Carlee Baker
    Producer
  • Andrea Flader
    Producer
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Horror, Relationship, Apocalyptic, Zombie, Satire
  • Runtime:
    16 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    October 30, 2019
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    RED 5K
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2.40:1
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Sitges Festival Internacional de Cinema Fantastic de Catalunya
    Sitges
    Spain
    October 6, 2019
    World Premiere
    Special Session Shorts
  • Morbido Film Festival
    Mexico City
    Mexico
    November 2, 2019
    North American Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Atlanta Film Society
    Atlanta
    United States
    November 6, 2019
    U.S. Premiere
    Official Selection "Locals Only"
  • Chattanooga Film Festival
    Chattanooga
    United States
    May 22, 2020
    Official Selection
  • Calgary Underground Film Festival
    Calgary
    Canada
    June 23, 2020
    Canadian Premiere
    Official Selection
  • XVI Fantaspoa
    Porto Alegre
    Brazil
    South American Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Women in Horror Film Festival
    Atlanta
    United States
    February 27, 2020
    Official Selection / NOMINATIONS: Best Regional Short, Best Actress, Best Special FX, Best Production Design
  • Crimson Screen Horror Film Festival
    Charleston
    United States
    June 22, 2020
    Official Selection / WINNER: Best Cinematography (Short) / NOMINATIONS: Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Special FX
  • HorrorHound Film Festival
    Cincinnati
    United States
    May 23, 2020
    Official Selection / NOMINATIONS: Best Story, Best Sound
  • Buried Alive Film Festival
    Atlanta
    United States
    November 17, 2019
    Official Selection
  • Philip K. Dick Film Festival
    New York
    United States
    March 8, 2020
    New York Premiere
    WINNER: Best Horror Short
  • WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival
    Houston
    United States
    April 17, 2020
    WINNER: Silver Award - Horror Short
  • Shivers
    Konstanz
    Germany
    October 20, 2019
    German Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Hollywood Horrorfest
    Los Angeles
    United States
    California Premiere
    Winner: Best Zombie Short
  • FilmQuest
    Provo, Utah
    United States
    Regional Premiere
    Official Selection
  • NOLA Horror Film Fest
    New Orleans, Louisiana
    United States
    October 25, 2020
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Charles de Lauzirika

A graduate of the USC School of Film-Television, Lauzirika made his feature directorial debut with the offbeat psychological thriller CRAVE, starring Josh Lawson, Emma Lung, Edward Furlong and Ron Perlman.

CRAVE played at film festivals around the world, winning several awards, including the New Flesh Award for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal, and Best Director in the Next Wave category at Fantastic Fest in Austin.

Having directed several commercials, short films and music videos, he continues in his "day job" of producing making-of content for films and television, and also has several projects in various stages of development, including an adaptation of Philip K. Dick's science fiction drama, "I Hope I Shall Arrive Soon."

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Director Statement

(NOTE: This Director's Statement and the film itself were both made before our current global pandemic took root.)

Following the festival run of CRAVE, I was emotionally and financially exhausted. It was fun, and totally worth it, but I fell into an unexpected depression afterwards, probably the result of my lifelong dream having finally come true -- I had at long last directed a feature! But I was also nearly broke.

I then spent several years regaining my footing, working like crazy in the behind-the-scenes world to dig myself out of the hole, and just trying to set up my second feature. Long story short, it wasn't until I found the love of my life -- my amazing wife and partner in all things, Carlee Baker -- that I started smiling again. And getting creative. Carlee had the original idea for LOVE BITE, and we wrote the script together.

Throwing caution to the wind, we just went and made it. We didn't spend a lot of time thinking about it, and I really felt the need to get back on the horse as soon as possible...to flex those directorial muscles again. So we made LOVE BITE. And it wasn't just a little rehab movie for me. It was a total reinvigoration. And a huge bonding experience for Carlee and myself beyond our already deeply invested love for each other.

LOVE BITE might seem like a simple zombie apocalypse story. But taking inspiration from George Romero's films, it has also some subtle (and not so subtle) messaging beneath the ghoulish surface. It talks about toxic relationships, toxic politics, toxic emotions...all in a very toxic world. A world, sadly, of our own creation. If George and Nancy can't put aside their differences, and help each other survive, it's not going to end well.

As the film shows.