The Other Side, I had time to hit the bathroom, and buy another soda. I didn't drink much Friday, and paid for it when I got up Saturday with a headache. Lucky for me, it wasn't a bad one and didn't stay long. The next feature was called Bloodsucking Bastards (2015). I figured it was a vampire film, but outside of that, I wasn't sure what to expect. Like The Caretakers before it, Bloodsucking Bastards offered up a slightly different take on vampires.
Evan (Fran Kranz) isn't having a very good time at his office. His girlfriend Amanda (Emma Fitzpatrick), who also works in the same office, has dumped him. Even though Evan holds a high position at his office, none of the other workers really seem to respect him. The position he holds is only temporary, but he is hoping his boss Ted (Joey Murray) will give him the promotion which he is also hopeful that this will fix his relationship with Amanda. The big day comes though, and Ted gives the job to Max (Pedro Pascal). Evan has to go back to his old job, along side his best friend Tim (Joey Kern). It isn't long though before Evan begins to think that vampires are slowly taking over the office.
Even though I had no idea what the plot for Bloodsucking Bastards was, I was still surprised by it in a good way. It didn't take long to figure out that this was going to be part comedy at least. I wasn't sure how the vampires would play out though. As it turns out, they aren't really there to be scary, but to add to the comedy. That isn't to say that the vampires look or act funny, they just add to the comedy in how our main characters react to them and such. The comedy really worked since it was the smart ass type of comedy that I enjoy the most. The vampires aren't really out for blood it doesn't seem, but used in a take over of sorts. It was interesting to see the two worlds mixed like that. Director Brian James O'Connell, along with his writers, doesn't bring anything new to the table, but it was certainly a different take on vampires. Think The Office, but throw in vampires.
There wasn't really a lot of special effects. There was some makeup involved for when the people who are vampires get into full vampire mode, but that was about the extent of it. Their face changes some, and of course they have fangs now. The way a vampire dies is rather funny. When one dies, it explodes more or less and sends blood all over the place. The acting was great. I liked Fran Kranz in the lead role, and oddly enough he gets top billing while the rest of the cast is in alphabetical order. The person who really stole the show to me was Joey Kern. I guess his character and humor reminded me of how I can be when joking around at my office/lab. I didn't care for Emma Fitzpatrick. I just felt her acting was a bit too low key.
As you can see, I don't have a lot to say about Bloodsucking Bastards. I've been writing on and off all day today, taking breaks in order to try to figure out what else to say about it. This wasn't really a horror movie so much as it was a straight up comedy. It got me to laugh a lot, and I wasn't alone. It was a real crowd pleasure to be sure. This would be the perfect movie to show on a horror movie night when there are some people there that aren't into horror movies all that much. If Bloodsucking Bastards sounds like your kind of movie, or if you are just looking for a fun film to watch, give this one a try.
4 out of 5 Vampires would make the office a bit more interesting
6 days ago