ABC Film Challenge – Comedy – E – Eat Locals (2017) Movie Review


Director: Jason Flemyng

Writer: Danny King (Screenplay)

Starring: Charlie Cox, Mackenzie Crook, Tony Curran, Vincent Regan, Freema Agyeman, Eve Myles

Plot: Facing difficult times and with their glory days long gone, the eight undisputed British vampire overlords gather up for their semi-centennial meeting. However, before the break of dawn, there will be blood. And corpses. Lots of them.

Tagline – Feeding Starts 25 May.

Runtime: 1 Hour 34 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Enjoyable

Story: Eat Locals starts as eight vampires including Henry (Cox), Peter (Curran), Angel (Agyeman) and Alice (Crosbie) are having their meeting to focus on the next 50-years, with quotas being broken, rations wanting to be increased and a new member to be decided, with Sebastian (Cook) being the selection, though not the one that is picked by them all.

The vampires discover they have been hunted down by the military, who have them cornered, waiting to finally end the terror they have created through the British Isles.

Thoughts on Eat Locals

Characters – Sebastian is a young man that has travelled to the small village for a booty call, he doesn’t know he has been selected to become one of the vampires if they group agree on him, which they don’t, he must use his street smarts to try and stay alive, discovering more secrets in the farmhouse he is trapped in. Henry is one of the vampires that is the calmest about how the group operate, he eats the least and will play the rules well, challenge others who break them or want more. Peter is the member of the vampires that wants more, he will ask for it in the right way, but he doesn’t want a new member and is always looking to gain more power. We have all the typical military figures, who know what they are doing when it comes to hunting vampires down, as well as the different vampires trying to keep their cover.

PerformancesBilly Cook does get the most laughs, with his typical streetwise performance, that shows confidence in every word he says. Charlie Cox is entertaining as the leader of the group, with Tony Curran being good as the conflicted character against anything being said. We do have a cast that gets plenty of laughs throughout the film.

StoryThe story here follows a group of vampires having their meeting, they want to discuss a few things, only to discover they are being hunted by the military that have them cornered ready to make pay for the lives they have been taking. This does give a nice spin to the vampire genre, we have always seen the established group before with no issues about how they go around their business, but having a military operation hunting them down is different than the typical rogue vampire hunters. Having the film set over one night helps because we do know that daylight will be the end for the vampire side of things.

Action/Comedy/HorrorThe action comes from the fights between the two sides, it is mostly bullets flying and both sides trying to get the upper hand, with the comedy coming from different reactions, mostly Sebastian to everything he discovers through the night, while the horror isn’t scary, but does include the threats vampires could give humans.

SettingsThe film has a small village as its setting, this keeps the action feeling contained, with both sides waiting for the other to make a move.

Scene of the Movie – The fridge.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – It doesn’t have the highest bloodshed level which it could easily have had.

Final Thoughts This is a fun vampire movie to watch, it will get laughs, has plenty of action and can be enjoyed by the fans of the genre.

Overall: Fun Vampire Movie.

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