I watched a great film last night. A low-budget affair directed by Brian James O’Connell (“Killer View”, “Angry White Man”), “Bloodsucking Bastards” is a horror comedy movie released in September of this year.
Evan (Fran Kranz – “The Cabin In The Woods”, “Diary Of A Wimpy Kid : Rodrick Rules”) is acting sales manager working in an office environment where playing video games, watching porn and throwing things around take up more of his colleagues’ time than actually working.
Having recently been dumped by his girlfriend Amanda (Emma Fitzpatrick – “Before We Go”, “The Collection”, who is head of HR, Evan is hopeful of a reconciliation and also hoping that his boss is soon going to make him full-time sales manager.
When the boss gets everyone together one morning Evan is sure that his promotion is about to take place. What he doesn’t expect, though, is that an old rival from college days, Max (Pedro Pascal – “The Adjustment Bureau”, “Narcos”) is being brought in from outside the company to take the position. To make things worse for Evan, aside from losing the promotion to Max it’s clear that Max has designs on Amanda.
To make matters even worse than that it’s not long before Evan notices strange things going on in the office – the timid girl in reception, Zabeth (Yvette Yates – “Inherent Vice”, “The Red House” is suddenly something of a femme fatale, the nerdy guy collecting money for sports sweepstakes in suddenly way more assertive. Staff have started working but Evan slowly realises they appear to be turning into vampires too!
Together with best friend Tim (Joey Kern – “Complacent”, “Cabin Fever”) and office security guard Frank (Marshall Givens – “Channel Zero”, “Catherine”) Evan sets out to save Amanda from danger…
Not dissimilar in some ways to “Shaun Of The Dead”, this is one of the few comedy zombie / vampire movies that I’ve seen that work and are actually funny. There is some very witty dialogue and some delightfully odd non sequiturs too.
Set entirely within the office building, this is very much an ensemble piece but Kranz and Kern in particular have some great scenes. It’s not the most demanding plot but I found this to be a very funny film and would highly recommend it for a fun-filled 86 minutes…