Sometimes provocative cinema is overrated. Sometimes a slightly awkward film is good enough for a few hours of distraction. Mainly when it adopts its premise from Blade, Underworld, and many other blood-sucking B films.
The costume is from Bram Stoker’s review of Dracula pranks by Francis Ford Coppola and her (too short) Megan Fox appearance of Jennifer’s body. Night teeth aren’t entirely genuine, meaningful, or scary. But as a remix of the lizard-focused quality of the vampire thriller. Netflix’s newest Halloween proposition is judged by the few demands, it makes on its audience.
Vampires have appeared in folklore around the world for centuries:
Pop culture adaptations of stories about bloodsuckers come in all shapes and flavours. There’s Gothic stuff, like all of Anne Rice’s work, religious stuff like Midnight Mass, and stuff to do with teenage fantasy like Twilight.
There’s feminist stuff like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and “Girl Walking Alone at Night” and melancholy stuff which is like Cronos and Let the Right One In (and their 2010 English remake, Let Me In).
There’s camp stuff like The Lost Boys and comedic stuff like Vampires vs the Bronx. And of course, there is also a s*xy thing because of the figure of a vampire. We can thank Colin Farrell in 2011’s Fright Night replay, Salma Hayek in From Dusk Till Dawn, the late Bill Paxton in Almost Dark and everyone at The Hunger for their service.
All this means that Night Teeth director Adam Randall and screenwriter Brent Dylan have a variety of inspirations and make full use of them. Sometimes they feel more like aggregators than creators, which moviegoers (or vampire fans) looking for new experiences can throw away.
The creators of Night Teeth pick and choose the elements of the canon: the long-standing feud between the living and the dead, the unknowingly entering a world they don’t understand, the vampire whose ambition is to climb the corporate hierarchy.
These elements are set in a familiar format. Mostly off-screen bloodshed, a quick chase or two. And a few outrageous comments from Dylan that are a bit off about Joss Whedon-i. Such as speculation about whether or not to “give” Good Blood” or “most annoying” or a joke about someone “biting back”.
None of these is groundbreaking, but the Night Teeth team:
He didn’t want to step on the floor. There is no impenetrable darkness here, neither thematically nor visually. (Night Teeth has the same glossy brilliance as many Netflix movies, from Kate to He’s All That.)
What you see is what you get. And if you see it as an outright declaration of love for the genre and an expression of attachment to the clichés and tropes these films keep repeating, this could be a great time.
Vampires who wear corsets and go to nightclubs: Check. Double fatal women who seduce as much as they party: Check. Bow throwers, who practically go to the bench when shooting their foes, albeit with little success: Check. At least everyone seems to be having fun, especially Fox, lead actor Jorge Lendeborg Jr., and Finding Kitsch Lucy Fry.
If Alfie Allen were to spend the rest of his life playing an incredibly violent villain, it would be a loss of the emotional depth we know he’s watched for years when he played the despised Theon Grayjoy on Game of Thrones. But he’s excellent at playing childish gratification and dangerous laws. While none is as hedonically threatening and chaotic as Stephen Dorf in Blade, Greyjoy twist this archetype nicely.
Night Teeth is located in Boyle Heights, a Chicago and Mexican-American neighbourhood of Los Angeles.
(Both descriptions play a role in history and in portraying citizens of society.) For three generations, Boyle Heights has been the site of an uneasy truce between the rich, mysterious, immortal vampires.
Who make up the rest of Los Angeles and the citizens of Boyle Heights who negotiated peace by devouring and attacking vampires. Then one night, a woman named Maria (Ash Santos) is kidnapped from her car.
His friend Jay (Raul Castillo) is well aware of the ceasefire and has a family responsibility to enforce it. He knows that a certain vampire, Victor (Alan), has kidnapped Maria and is determined to bring her back. Even if it means breaking the agreement.
But Jay, like most of us who suffer, also has a job.
So while he plans his entire attack on vampires, he lets his half-sister. An ambitious student and music producer Benny (Lendeborg), take over his shift as a hired driver. Benny is excited about the extra cash and then intrigued. When errands take him to the Beverly Hills home. Where a smiling and slightly distracted Zoe (Fry) and the friendly. But still evasive Blair (Debbie Ryan) show up.