Toronto After Dark 2017: Our Review of ‘Eat Locals’

Toronto After Dark 2017: Our Review of ‘Eat Locals’

A council of vampires meet on a remote farm to discuss the matter of a new member joining their ranks. At the same time a legion of Vatican soldiers descend upon them with the hopes of finally wiping them from existence.

Jason Flemyng, actor known for films like Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch, makes his directorial debut with this horror comedy. The film does its best to set all thing seemingly normal that are actually abnormal. Having these vampires meet to discuss matters as if it’s a corporation’s quarterly board meeting is the joke in itself.

Eat Locals doesn’t shy away from the absurd or the cliche. We watch on as there are gags of characters just falling as they sit in a broken chair, an old lady proclaiming how she knows how to manage an automatic rifle because she’s “got one at home”, or just our outsider spending the first few moments figuring out that he’s been invited to a vampiric meeting and not some harem. These simple ways of normalizing the absurd is how the film structures itself without creating anything too wild.

The film’s conservative nature is however its greatest failing. It doesn’t try to distinguish itself in any real manner. At times the film can feel like it has scenes just because it needed to fill time rather than anything else. There’s a small action scene that feels ripped straight out of Kingsman: The Secret Service and somehow feels worse for trying and failing to be anything other than a poor rip off.

Eat Locals is a solid horror comedy and at the same time a completely unremarkable 90 minutes spent.

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