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Vampires vs. the Bronx: An Excellent Vampire Film That Tells a New Story and Respects its Predecessors

November 25, 2020

Grade – 4.5 stakes out of 5.

Vampires vs. the Bronx is an absolute blast, and if you’re looking for a fun film about vampires infiltrating the Bronx (or just a fun film), you should watch it. What makes the film work so well is how it blends Blade, F.W. Murnau and Lost Boys references, with fresh storytelling that is very engaging. Director/Writer Osmany Rodriguez deserves a lot of credit giving the world a likable film that hopefully, will build a loyal fanbase.

Vampires vs. the Bronx tells the story of what happens when gentrifying vampires move into the Bronx, and start killing its residents, so they can have their own New York hive surrounded by upscale yogurt, smoothie and coffee shops. Standing in their way is a trio of kids who learn to battle them by watching Blade, and using common vampire lore they’ve learned from movies (love it). Miguel (Miguel Martinez), Bobby (Gerald Jones III) and Luis (Gregory Diaz IV), are three likable kids who begin to realize something is amiss as local business owners keep disappearing after selling their business to a shady businessman played by the always excellent Shea Whigham.

I love that Sarah Gadon (Dracula Untold) is in the film.

Eventually, they see a man drained of his blood, and struggle to convince the Bronx residents that vampires are taking over their borough. The rest of the film has real consequences, as Miguel, Bobby and Luis learn that getting involved with murderous immortals causes ripple effects that end with blond people drinking blood. I’d love to say more, but I watched the film knowing nothing about it, and loved the surprises, scares, and Easter eggs.

Make sure to watch Vampire vs. the Bronx before you put your year end lists together. It’s a lot of fun!

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