Vampires in the Bronx?! In the new Netflix film Vampires vs The Bronx (2020), a group of teens band together to save their local bodega and community from gentrification by a strange supernatural force. Written and directed by Osmany Rodriguez, the film stars Gregory Diaz IV, Jaden Michael, Gerald W. Jones III, Sarah Gadon, Coco Jones and Cliff “Method Man” Smith to name a few. YouTuber Michael from the channel BlackGayComicGeek, shares his thoughts on the horror comedy now streaming on Netflix.
This movie had a lot of 80’s nostalgia to movies like The Lost Boys, The Goonies and one of my favorite movies when I was a kid, The Monster Squad.
A cute, fun and entertaining movie with some cheesy moments, according to Michael, who compares it to classic 80’s coming of age films with a modern-day twist. Black people and people of color have traditionally been excluded from the horror genre, so with this film, it is refreshing to see so many faces of Black and Afro-Latinx performers who play Afro-Latinx characters, says the YouTuber. He also finds the film’s satirical yet very blunt message about the issues of gentrification in America, which systematically affect black and Latinx communities the most, to be very authentic and real.
For the most part, there was nothing subtle about this movie. This movie was definitely an allegory for gentrification … all the vampires in this movie were also real estate developers and not only that all the vampires in this movie were white. Gentrification is a huge problem that’s happening in black communities across America.
The film does a great job in giving cultural nods to both and past and present-day vampire lore such as references to Steven King’s Salem’s Lot and popular TV show Buffy the Vampire Slayer, according to Michael.
More of a comedy than horror movie, Vampires vs The Bronx is a fun show to get you in the Halloween spirit.
YouTuber Michael from BlackGayComicGeek rates and reviews new movies and TV shows on his channel regularly.