Vampires vs. the Bronx review – thematic but run-of-the-mill entertainment Protecting the neighbourhood.

October 2, 2020
Daniel Hart 0
Film Reviews, Netflix
2.5

Summary

Apart from the important themes, Vampires vs. the Bronx is simple and run-of-the-mill.

2.5

Summary

Apart from the important themes, Vampires vs. the Bronx is simple and run-of-the-mill.

This review of Netflix Vampires vs. the Bronx contains no spoilers. The horror-comedy came out on the platform on October 2, 2020.


Vampires vs. the Bronx is not groundbreaking by any means but having three young teenage boys trying to figure out the vampire nest crawling the area, you realise it’s not meant to be a serious account on vampire mythology. The Netflix film has Stranger Things vibes in a black community and with the kids versus the adults shining through its core, the horror-comedy can be watched with a family with ease.

Netflix’s Vampires vs. the Bronx toys with gentrification. As well as the three young teen leads having to prove to the community that vampires are about to take over, that conspiracy is met with a strong battle to prevent the community from being gentrified. Politically, the film tries to link evil with the rehashing of the local community, suggesting that these vampires are trying to smoke out the culture. It’s an education as well as a fun ride — the movie has a point to make.

The vampires are not traditional; they fit within the modern version that slots right into society, looking like fairly ordinary people. Vampires vs. the Bronx plucks the concept that adults are less likely to have a vampire radar, which gives the teens freedom in the story to sneak around and figure it out for themselves.

But apart from the important themes, Vampires vs. the Bronx is simple and run-of-the-mill. The comedy is a little too light and it would benefit placing more emphasis on the vampires — it tries to fit too many of the cultural themes to layer the story but it forgets what the audience is wanting — fighting vampires. Yes, that’s what we want. And while I understand the necessity of these themes, it doesn’t need to be too heavy — a perfect example is See You Yesterday.


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