Like Dracula, But With Sapphic Witchcraft

If you're like me (hyperactive and highly cyanical), then you're probably a bit sick of the Dracula archetype wreacking havok on young, pretty girls.  We get it, dude.  You're old.  Sign up for AARP and leave the co-eds alone.

Wouldn't it be so much more interesting then, if there was a lesbian twist added to that age old story?  As it is anytime someone asks "should we add a lesbian twist to this?" the answer is a resounding YES.  Throw in some witchcraft, and you've got a similar story: older, demonic figure preys on hapless young girls, but this time there's no drinking blood, just bathing in it.  But I'm getting ahead.

"Chastity Bites" is a teen horror/comedy flick written by Lotti Pharriss Knowles and directed by John V. Knowles of SHADOWNET.com.  Screened at The 11th Annual Southwest Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, the film has recieved mostly positive reviews.

 It follows teen protagonist Leah (Allison Scagliotti), a budding journalist and full fledged feminist, as she rescues her friend Katherine (Francia Raisa) from the clutches of Liz (Louise Griffiths), the new woman in town who's all about the abstinence.  Katherine, on the other hand, must struggle with being wildly unpopular and dealing with her growing crush on Leah.

So, why does Leah need to rescue Katherine from an abstinence counselor?  Well, turns out that Liz is actually the infamous Elizabeth Báthory.  You know, the "Blood Countess."  And all this abstinence counseling is actually a front to find young girls for Liz to use as "botox."  Historical accounts of Elizabeth Báthory, however skewed by partriarchal historians they may be (very), for the most part state that she engaged in serial murder and bathing in blood to maintain her youthful appearance.  While this film has very little to do with actual history, it's a good fact to keep in mind.

Michael Parson's review, up on papareviews.net, says that "Chastity" is "imbued with enough confidence, humor and personality to feel more like an homage to than an imitation of its influences," but warns that while the film "seems like it has a lot to say about sex, social status and Republicans,"  it only "observes these things almost as superficially as the reality shows it seems to condemn."

The film is currently available on DVD and Itunes.