Horrorfest 2021 Presents: Vampires vs the Bronx (2020, Osmany Rodriguez)

Vampires vs. the Bronx is a fun modern horror movie that has some cliches yet is still good and benefits from its young, talented cast. The flick also wisely uses gentrification as a main plot point, with the vampires buying up the neighborhood. Naturally no one believes the kids because well, they’re kids, and also since vampires in the modern era sound preposterous.

Naturally I’m reminded of Monster Squad and even Stand By Me, yet also I thought of Fool from The People Under The Stairs. Jaden Michael, Gerald W. Jones III and Gregory Diaz IV form the trio of boys in over their heads yet determined to defeat the evil infecting their neighborhood. Zoe Saldana, Shea Whigham and Cliff “Method Man” Smith are three of the veteran actors they got to play key roles as well.

Despite some obvious and kind of unavoidable cliches, Vampires vs the Bronx is a solid Netflix movie that also works as a fun summer movie, too. I would have liked to have seen this on the big screen, yet being unable to do so I made due via my flat screen, instead. That’s usually how I end up viewing horror movies these days, as a lot of them never make it to my area.

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