Eat Locals (2017)

Every 50 years, Britain’s few vampires hold a meeting in order to discuss vampire business. There are rivalries, squabbles over territory, and questions of how to interpret the rules of vampire society. But this year, there is something else going on – this year, the meeting is going to take an unexpected turn.

 

Eat Locals is a humorous British vampire film. Writer Danny King has invented some interesting lore and created great characters. And director Jason Flemyng brought it all to life perfectly, with the right level of world-building. Sprinkled in are a lot of not-so-subtle references to contemporary British society, reflected in the foibles of the main characters.

 

The cast is very well-chosen and they all do a good job. The main characters are played by Tony Curran (Underworld: Evolution), Eve Myles (Torchwood), Billy Cook, Charlie Cox (Daredevil), Freema Agyeman, and Annette Crosbie (One Foot in the Grave).

I liked the writing and the dialogue. The plot itself is small-ish – which is better than having something sprawling that the film cannot handle, as sometimes happens. There are some minor weaknesses in the story/humour department, which seem to stem from an unwillingness of Flemyng and his editor Alex Fenn to change, omit, or cut scenes that simply were not working (or turned out to be less funny on film than on paper). There is also an abundance of running/fighting in the darkness that could easily have been cropped a bit. A lot of attacks and fights happen off-screen anyway, which is probably mostly due to budget restrictions. By the way, Jason Statham assisted his friends involved in this film by directing some of the fight scenes.

 

Eat Locals has not a lot of substance or depth, but that is not necessary for a comedy. This film can definitely be recommended as a DVD-pick. Quality-wise, this is probably in or below 7-out-of-10 territory, but for me personally it had a fun factor close to 8 out of 10. It’s been a long time since I enjoyed a vampire film this much.

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