Following much of the recipe that helped turn “The Inbetweeners Movie” into a massive U.K. smash last year, but lacking all the brand value and most of the wit, “Love Bite” is a lame attempt at a Brit teen sex comedy, with added werewolf genre elements. Even Ed Speleers’ current “Downton Abbey” cachet did little to help the pic in its opening weekend, as it took only £73,000 ($116,000) from 180 screens. International prospects look decidedly iffy; ancillary reps the film’s best chance to claw back middling production coin.
In the seaside town of Rainmouth, four horny male teenagers consider careers in garbage collection, while sensitive protag Jamie (Speleers) dreads a lifetime looking after his fun-seeking mom (Kierston Wareing, underused) and the family B&B. After sexy travel blogger Juliana (Jessica Szohr) arrives, local youths start falling victim to a werewolf pursued by Timothy Spall’s mysterious lycanthrope hunter. Story elements from horror comedies as varied as “Cherry Falls” and “Lesbian Vampire Killers” go into the blender, but the absence of laughs or scares makes for a risible cocktail. Direction by Andy De Emmony (“West Is West”) is serviceable.