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Review of Vampires vs. the Bronx

This little film appeared out of nowhere on Netflix. It didn't cause much of a stir, and I initially saw many reviews comparing it unfavorably to "Attack The Block", which is one of my favorite horror films of the last decade. And while those comparisons can be a bit much, the two films do share quite a bit in common. Both are tales of ethnic kids fighting back against supernatural intruders in their communities. Whereas "Attack The Block" saw aliens invading UK projects, this one, obviously, sees vampires taking on The Bronx.

One of the film's only original touches is using the pasty-white creatures of the night as metaphors for increasing gentrification, and the film is at it's best when wittily observing that comparison. It does have some loveable characters, and a few genuinely funny moments spread throughout. But the more the film wears on, the more derivative it becomes of other vampire flicks. It doesn't seem to know what to do with it's more horrific elements, which leads to some crumby CGI effects and goofy battle scenes. It's a shame, because there was certainly some potential here, and the young cast members are charming and likeable. But this is a generic, somewhat aimless film at the end of the day.


My Rating:ย  5/10

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Added by Beanie
1 month ago on 8 April 2021 13:20