Do I love vampires? Heck yes! The good, the bad, the ugly, I rarely miss a vampire movie. Though for the record, I’m Team Spike all the way. But I can appreciate other portrayals of my favorite fanged villains. The question is, where does Vampires vs. the Bronx fall on the scale of vampirism?
Netflix’s Vampires vs. the Bronx follows three young boys as they fight to preserve their neighborhood from a band of vampires. Armed with all the knowledge movies can provide and soda bottles full of holy water, the three boys aim to rid their neighborhood of the vampires and save the local bodega.
Vampires vs. the Bronx provides just the right kind of escapism. The film let’s viewers connect with the characters, but offers enough deviations that you can forget your troubles and focus on the film. Which is great, because the story is quite compelling: three young boys trying to save their neighborhood from gentrification find themselves smack-dab in the middle of a vampire nest. But wait! The vampires are also the one’s gentrifying the neighborhood! It sounds a little corny, and it is at times, but it’s also wickedly entertaining.
What about the vampires? With a title like Vampires vs. the Bronx you expect some serious fanged villains—the film did not disappoint. Using an odd mix of modern and throwback vampires, these vampires are reminiscent of more traditional characters, but with a new killer spin.
While I like their appearance and demeanor, for me, the best part about the film’s villains was their dual role as evil real estate developers. I mean, is there really anything worse than a corporation whose sole goal is to raise neighborhood prices and drive the out locals? Now, add a pair of fangs to those people and you have pure evil incarnate. Okay…maybe that’s a bit strong, but you get my point. The creators really give audiences a villain people can sink their teeth into.
The Bottom Line
Vampires vs. the Bronx is a film everyone can enjoy. There’s creeps. crawls, and a coffin or two. Indulge, they won’t bite!