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Netflix’s ‘Vampires vs. the Bronx’ Movie Review: Time to Bring Out the Garlic

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The new Netflix Original Vampires vs. the Bronx takes us on a vampire adventure. When people start to go missing in the Bronx, three boys believe that they know what is going on and that vampires are at work. The rest of the community does not believe them, so it is up to the boys to save their neighborhood.

Starring Jaden Michael, Gerald W. Jones III, Gregory Diaz IV, and Coco Jones. The story is formulaic and has a refreshing cultural lens and social commentary.

I love how they put some visual Easter Eggs for the audience in this movie. There are Murnau properties shown in the background and a picture of Vlad Tepes on a billboard, and that is just in the first couple of minutes. They do intersperse some more if you are paying attention.

The three leads are absolute scene stealers; they are smart, witty, sarcastic, and pretty funny. Miguel (played by Jaden Michael), Bobby (played by Gerald W. Jones III), and Luis (played by Gregory Diaz IV) are really great together. They have the fleeting innocence of being a teenager, mixed with a healthy dose of skepticism and conspiracy theories.

This is a combination of Goonies, Super 8, Attack the Block, and the Lost Boys. Take what makes each of those great, and the movie adds in its own levels of charm.

Miguel is the leader, Bobby is the tough one, and Luis is the vampire expert, and all his information comes from the movies that he watches.

I love the parenting moments in this movie, the mothers of the boys are hilarious, but they also put their foot down. Viewers can tell how much they really care about their sons. They are not the moms to mess with when you come home after curfew.

We also have Shea Whigham, who plays Frank Polidori, a slimy character that terrorizes the boys. I really like Cliff “Method Man” Smith as Father Jackson, but I wish we got more from him. He delivered a couple of great lines and had a bit of interaction with the leads, but he was kept to the sidelines throughout the film.

One underlying theme in this movie is the gentrification of neighborhoods.

You will see the overtaking of minorities in the neighborhoods, buying properties, and pushing everybody out because they can no longer afford to live in the area they grew up in.

Verdict

Vampires vs. the Bronx scored an impressive 89% on Rotten Tomatoes. I appreciate this movie because it has subtle visual humor, and it feels like the filmmakers are rewarding us for being attentive.

Jordy Sirkin from Jordy Reviews wrote. “Vampires vs. The Bronx is a refreshing take on vampire lore, using it as a means to highlight the horrors of gentrification.”

Some scenes in this become tense, but then humorously, they add in just a bit of awkwardness right in the middle of what is going on.

Matt Donato from What to Watch wrote. “It’s a Bronx-bred slice of socially conscious horror that also doubles as gateway horror for younger genre fans in training. Owns its bodega-hangout roots.”

Sieeka Khan is a freelance that specializes in politics, world news, health, entertainment and crime. As an aspiring journalist, she focuses on delivering the truth with solid facts and in publishing breaking news with no bias and prejudice.

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