Director Osmany Rodriguez must have grown (like most adolescent horror fans) watching films like The Lost Boys and or Monster Squad. The inspiration from those movies is lovingly peppered into Netflix’s original film, Vampires vs the Bronx. But does it live up to the greatness of those two classics. Short answer, no. But that’s okay. This is a fun film to watch with the family this Halloween season even if it does have some oddly placed F-Bombs.
The film follows a group of teenagers who are forced to protect their neighborhood in the Bronx when a gathering of vampires invades. It stars Sarah Gadon, Chris Redd, The Kid Mero, Method Man, Shea Whigham, Vladimir Caamaño, Jaden Michael, Gregory Diaz IV, Gerald W. Jones III and Coco Jones.
The kids in this are likable and very enthusiastic. Seeing inner city youth tackle a supernatural threat is refreshing to see in the horror genre. I just wish they would have had the budget of say something like Attack The Block that had a similar premise but dealt with alien creatures attack the inner city.
The vampires in the film range from ultra fast and powerful to easily being staked and ambushed the next. I wish they would have shown the vampires as more of a threat to the protagonists but again I suppose that’s where the budget constraints come in with being a Netflix horror comedy.
The idea that vamps are buying up mom and pop shops in the Bronx to place vampires in them is an interesting allegory for what happens in real life and is played up on pretty well in the film.
If the vamps were just presented as more of an actual threat the film would have been a must see. As it is, the film is less like the films it draws inspiration from and more like a direct to video kind of flick. Oddly placed F-Bombs and some jokes that fail to land make this film just a mild recommend.