Vampires vs the Bronx
Director: Oz rodriguez
Cast: Jaden Michael, Gerald W Jones III, Gregory Diaz IV, Sarah Gadon, Method Man, Shea Wigham
In the superb custom of movies resembling Attack the Block and Cockneys vs Zombies, Vampires vs the Bronx is a low-key ode to each genre cinema and the energy of minorities.
Given a subdued launch on Netflix, the breezy little bear-hug of a movie offers a voice to the working class, and is simply as keen about the perils of gentrification as it’s about the artwork of killing vampires.
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When a coven of the undead begins taking up actual property in the Bronx to create a mass ‘nest’, a trio of teenage boys bands collectively to take them down. Miguel is the de facto chief of the group – identified identified in the neighborhood as Lil Mayor – with the nerdy Luis, and significantly extra hardened Bobby serving as sidekicks.
This a great movie, with colourful characters and an actual sense of place. Even although the plot’s wafer-thin, the themes are as potent as the venom working by means of the vampires’ veins. Bobby, as an example, is anticipated by the complete neighborhood to finish up like his dad, a sufferer of gang violence. Lil Mayor, in the meantime, seems to be following in the footsteps of the Bronx’s favourite baby, AOC.
Speaking younger Luis, nonetheless, who steals each scene. Described as ‘Puerto Rican Harry Potter’, he is the most resourceful member of the gang, outfitted always with holy water (packed into plastic bottles of Sprite), Eucharist (stolen from the church in a terrific ‘heist’ sequence), and pods of garlic (swiped from his grandmother’s kitchen). They additionally trend picket stakes out of baseball bats.
At roughly an hour and 20 minutes lengthy, writer-director Oz Rodriguez barely permits his movie (and his protagonists) room to breathe, which is ok. Vampires vs the Bronx is extra involved about its characters than character growth; It’s extra snug in fast comedic moments than large-scale motion.
And in contrast to a few of the extra in style films of its form – Zombieland and the current Get Duked! come to thoughts instantly – it’s cold sufficient to be loved by youngsters. That mentioned to say that it lacks chunk, however it’s definitely not as hyper-violent as the Blade films that Miguel, Bobby and Luis marathon as homework forward of taking up the coven.
For the adults, having a palpable love for vampire cinema to admire – the evil actual property agency that the bloodsuckers use as a entrance is called after Nosferatu director FW Murnau, and in a single scene, Shea wigham‘S character, as if channeling Bela Lugosi, recoils at the daylight seeping in from his workplace home windows and seethes, “The afternoon sun can be murder.”
Wigham’s will not be the solely little bit of impressed casting that Rodriguez pulls off. Zoe Saldana seems in a cameo, Method Man stars as the native padre, and The Kid Mero performs the loveable bodega proprietor Tony. None of them in all probability spent greater than a day or two on the movie, however their involvement little doubt helped it get made.