Film Review: Vampires vs. the Bronx

Note: This is film #75 of my 365 Film Challenge.

This new release from Netflix ticked a lot of boxes for me, a horror comedy that deals with a group of teens fighting vampires. Buffy in the Bronx? The Lost Boyz n The Hood?

The problem here is that the film has a message. That isn’t a bad thing, and the anti-gentrification theme makes a valid point about the destruction of community and homogenization of inner city areas as wealthy white folks move in, pricing out the local, often not white, residents. The vampires are a stand in for this, moving into the Bronx because it’s cheap and has residents that nobody cares about if they go missing.

The issue with this theme is that the film hammers it home so much, kinda at the expense of plot and . The three young leads (Jaden Michael, Gerald W. Jones III and Gregory Diaz IV) are all fine, but there are times when their dialogue doesn’t flow quite right and the vampire killing shenanigans are strangely lacking in peril. For three young

There are fun moments, and the villain reveal is handled well, but it just feels a bit lacklustre and a wasted opportunity to make a valid point in an entertaining and fun way. It’s just not quite enough fun to keep it going, and the characters are slightly underdeveloped, which means it fails to land a knockout blow emotionally.

Decent, but it could have been great. 7/10.

Any thoughts? You know what to do. BETEO.

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