“Vampires vs. the Bronx,” a Netflix original film released in Oct., follows three friends, Miguel, Luis and Bobby, as they try to fight for their neighborhood.
Listed under comedy and horror, this film falls short of my expectations.
When I first started watching the film, I did not notice the genre tags so I wasn’t sure what to expect out of this film.
The comedy was not very evident in the movie, with only occasional funny parts. When I want to watch a comedy, I like for there to be a lot of funny scenes or jokes. So for me, the comedy aspect of this film was lacking.
In the beginning of the film, there was a little bit of satire in the film. Essentially, the vampires started buying out businesses in the Bronx and many times people joked about white people coming to take over their town.
In terms of the horror aspect this film was said to have, I felt like it lacked as well.
With this film being rated PG-13, I understand that it obviously isn’t going to be up to par with other horror films I like to watch, but they definitely could have shown more horror. Even the film “A Quiet Place,” which is also rated PG-13, had substantially more horror than this film.
As this is a vampire film, it plays into the stereotypical vampire lore that we see in most other vampire films. Garlic, holy water, crosses, stakes, the whole shabang. Of course, they only know about all of these repellants and killing methods from one of the three friends, Luis.
Luis is the stereotypical nerdy vampire kid, as he knows all the ins and outs of vampires, how they live and how to kill them.
In addition to the killing cliches, it also plays into the “no reflection” cliche as well. In the film, vampires aren’t seen in any mirrors or photos.
For me, this film gave off major “Riverdale” vibes. The three teens in the film are meddling around trying to hunt the vampires by themselves. They don’t want to involve the police because they know they won’t do anything, just like the teens in “Riverdale” do. Once the teens in the film start to tell people about the vampires, no one believes them and thinks they’re crazy - until the end when they see the vampires with their own eyes. With both of these being produced by Netflix, I understand why I would think there are many similarities between the two films.
Spoiler- of course, by the end of the film, the teens stopped their neighbour from being overrun by vampires.
Overall, I thought that this film was just okay. It is definitely not a film that I would recommend to anyone if they asked for a Netflix recommendation, however I have seen worse films. I think that it could use some more horror and more comedy, since that is what it was going for.
The views expressed are those of the writer and do not necessarily reflect those of The Torch.