Vampires vs. the Bronx (2020)

Written and directed by Oz Rodriguez and Blaise Hemingway. Starring Jaden Michael, Gerald Jones III, Gregory Diaz IV, Sarah Gadon, Method Man, Shea Whigham, Coco Jones and The Kid Mero.

Plot: a group of young teenage friends rally to save their neighborhood from the supernatural.

Miguel (Michael) is hellbent on saving the bodega in his neighborhood. He and his friends Luis (Diaz IV) and Bobby (Jones III) are even throwing a block party to raise funds to save it. But then, Miguel sees a vampire kill someone in his neighborhood and no one believes him. Not even his friends. But they do advise him a bit. See, Luis is a vampire expert. He watches Blade and reads Salem’s Lot. He knows all their is to know about spotting a vamp and taking one out. So, now they just need proof.

Along the way, they get help from Rita (Jones), a girl that Miguel likes. They make stakes, steal holy water from the priest (Method Man), gather crosses and arm themselves with garlic. It’s hilarious and sentimental. The acting is believable. The characters were likable. It followed good rules. Had good effects. It was realistic. It’s clearly saying something about genetrification and racism in the best possible ways. It was a love letter to the Bronx and it’s people. And we highly recommend, whatever age you are, that you watch it.

My score: 70. DJ’s score: 78.

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