Noob Reviews: Vampires vs the Bronx
Please be advised that during the review, I have tried to avoid a lot of spoilers. However, there may still be a few included helping explain specific points.
What is Vampires vs the Bronx?
Vampires vs the Bronx is a recently released teen horror-comedy produced by Broadway Video and distributed by Netflix, that sees a group of friends have to defend the Bronx from a vampire incursion.
Whether it be through force or trickery, vampires are slowly moving into the Bronx by buying (or eating) business owners with the sole intent of setting up a unique feeding ground in which they (the undead) will be able to hunt and feed on the locals. Without any repercussions from the broader New York area. As they intend to use the Bronx's dubious reputation to cover their actions.
Unfortunately for the advanced vampire party, sent to set up the area for said feeding ground, one of them is witnessed feeding upon a local gangsta by a young man named Lil Mayor who sets out to bring their existence to light. And stop their scheme in its tracks.
What genre would you say the film fits into?
I would say that the film is definitely a comedy with very minor elements of horror. Although the theme may be horror, the overall movie is easy going with minimal gore and jumpscares. All of the blood, guts and gore are more hinted at as opposed to seen on screen.
Do you have a trailer to show us?
- The official trailer linked from Netflix's YouTube channel -
Alternatively, you can find the film's listing on Netflix here.
When was Vampires vs the Bronx released?
The film was released on the 02nd of October this year.
How long is the film?
The film is eighty-six minutes long.
Who are some of the actors and actresses that we might know?
For a full cast listing, please see the official IMDB page here.
What did you think of Vampires vs the Bronx?
Vampires vs the Bronx is an interesting take on your typical vampire film. Although many have compared it to Attack the Block. I would say it heavily pulls inspiration from movies like The Lost Boys and to a lesser extent, Blade. Which just so happens to have scenes from it shown several times during the film.
Unfortunately, as a fan of horror films, I thought Vampires vs the Bronx was a fun little watch but not in the same league of horror films such as 30 Days of Night and John Carpenter's Vampires. Or many of the other horror-comedies out there like Scary Movie. It is let down by a feeble and overly used story (just in a new setting), some rather preachy parts about racial divides and other excessively used tropes that take attention away from what could have been a fantastic film. Although I am behind directors and screenwriters having points of view and trying to share them, sometimes the message just comes across a bit offhanded. And I prefer my films, shows and games not to be soapboxes for politics and typical day to day things we watch movies and play games - to get away from.
When it comes to the acting, I thought the actors and actresses had been cast brilliantly for the most part. Although the vampires have little screen time for the majority of the film, and it is down to the musings and counterplotting of the teens who are fighting back, the young actors and actresses use their screen time well. It was great to see Method Man as a preacher and The Kid Metro who plays Tony - the bodega owner. Is great. He balances humour and more serious elements well, and I thoroughly enjoyed each scene he was present in.
As I mentioned above the film does not have any really gory moments as it is more the suggestion or implication of feeding and violence as opposed to seeing full-on feeding/violence. So the age rating of twelve, that Netflix has the film set to is the right choice.
Overall a fantastic watch that is not enough to be unique and truly stand out in the genre of horror-comedy but is something I would thoroughly say is worth a look. Even though the story was weak, making plot twists predictable. And the delivery iffy at times. I would still rate this high on the entertainment value.
What rating would you give Vampires vs the Bronx?
I would rate Vampires vs the Bronx as a 3.6 out of 5 bananas.
A fantastic watch with some great moments. Not something I would describe as scary for many a viewer, so a perfect entry film for younger viewers into horror-comedy and the horror genre. Although there are areas that could have been improved, to make it more unique and stand out from the crowd. It is still something I would highly recommend as a chilled watch on one of the long nights ahead.
Thank you very much for checking out the review. If you are interested in Vampires vs the Bronx and would like to check it out for yourself, to form your own opinion. You can check it out on Netflix here.