Vampires Vs. The Bronx
Our story begins with a teenager named Miguel handing out posters for a block party to save a bodega that he has grown up going to with his friends. We are then shown that the area of the Bronx in which Miguel lives has had many buildings taken over by the real estate company called Murneau Properties. One night while putting out posters Miguel accidentally runs into a thug who then chases Miguel but eventually Miguel loses him and then witnesses the thug get attacked by a vampire. After witnessing this, Miguel goes to see his friends Bobby and Luis to tell them what he saw. After proving to his friends what he saw, they discover that Murneau properties are connected to the vampires, and they decide to try and prove to everyone that there are vampires to save the Bronx.
The protagonist of this movie is Miguel Martinez, also known as Lil Mayor, is a kind and hardworking kid who wants to raise money for his friend’s bodega that is being threatened to be closed. Miguel is honest and likeable and is brave in the face of danger. Alongside him are two friends, Bobby Walker and Luis Acosta. Luis and Bobby are from two different ends of the spectrum. Luis was a sheltered kid with low blood sugar. He is shown to be cowardly and indecisive. Bobby, on the other hand, is following down a path of crime, being employed by a local gang. Booby is shown to be rash and impulsive. These three are best friends and create the main trio for this movie.
This horror comedy is pretty entertaining. There isn’t a lot that this movie does great, but there also isn’t anything it does poorly either. With a PG-13 rating, the horror isn’t super strong, but it is still present. It’s fundamentally a comedy with a few moments of horror to keep the plot on line. The characters are super well written, and the acting is pretty decent with a cast of smaller actors/actresses. The plot flows well, and makes sense throughout the film. I wouldn’t say there is a lot of unpredictability, many of the tense moments are quite obvious.
The characters are very diverse, with a deep variety of character types. Many characters such as Little Mayor begin and end the movie with some stark character differences. This is due to some pretty strong character development with the use of the plot and other characters.
The dialogue does take a bit away from the story as a whole, and it feels a little too simple in parts. I was very impressed with the flow of the plot and the amount of things that occur in this movie with the running time being one hour and 25 minutes. Relatively short.
All in all, this movie is okay, nothing spectacular but also nothing terrible. It was good enough to hold my attention for the entire movie, and I would watch it again. This is a good movie to watch if you are scrolling Netflix, unsure of what to watch, and it’s watchable with almost any audience, aside from some strong language.
Vampires Vs. the Bronx is a horror and comedy movie. Although this movie does not deliver on the horror aspect, it was still a pretty good movie; it wasn’t good, and it wasn’t bad. It was somewhere in the middle. The enjoyable aspects of this movie come from the characters and the sense of community shown through the relationships between characters. Although there were many minor characters, the laidback and natural dialogue made it seem like I was actually living in the kind and nurturing community. Another strength of the characters was the development throughout the story. Each main character had their own development arc and it was shown nicely and in a smooth manner. The supernatural elements of the vampires were also done with smooth integration. The appearance and the story behind the vampires were smooth and not too jarring to the overall narrative. The only disappointing part was that it didn’t live up to the expectation of being a horror movie. As a comedy, the movie did well, as the humorous scenes were indeed funny and a joy to watch. As a horror movie, it just didn’t deliver. The jump scares were obvious, and the overall atmosphere of the movie wasn’t scary. All in all, it was an enjoyable experience as a comedy and a thriller, but not as a horror.
This movie is a fun, light-hearted, and spooky adventure that is a good time to watch. Right off the hop this is a different type of vampire story than usual as we see vampires who aren’t trying to blend in nor are, they unique in any way. I found it kind of funny ( in a good way) how they play into the vampire tropes of old like holy water hurting them, a wooden stake through the heart and garlic hurting them. The characters are quite charming and each has their own role especially in the main trio of Miguel, Bobby and Luis as they each need each other to stop the vampires. This movie does actually have more of a creepy feel than expected, no it wasn’t really that scary but the visuals and the music do help in making this film creepy enough to fit the vampire theme. The story is quite unique as the vampires using a real estate company to take over the area and to find victims is something, I have never seen in a vampire movie before. The coming of age part of the story is a good aspect of the film too as we see Miguel take charge of his friends to save his neighborhood, he shows passion and good leadership skills to fight for what he cares about. This movie isn’t perfect though as sometimes I felt the dialogue could be a little cringy and not always natural. I also felt like the plot with the thugs wasn’t really that necessary to the overall story.
All in all this is a fun film that would be perfect for someone who doesn’t like big scares but wants a little creep factor. I definitely recommend.
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Rodriguez, O. (Director). (2020, October 2). Vampires Vs. The Bronx [Video file]. Retrieved from www.Netflix.com
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