Film #194: VAMPIRES
3.5 out of 5 stars
VAMPIRES is an extremely amusing pseudo-documentary ala MAN BITES DOG, S&MAN, or LONG PIG wherein a film crew follows a family of vampires around as they face the daily trials and tribulation of living. However, unlike those other films whose eye was more on drama or subtle comedy, VAMPIRES is an out and out parody of both the genre and of the archetype itself. With its tongue planted firmly in its cheek, the film first documents the familial dynamic, then explains how the vampire society works, and finally settles on their exile to Montreal when the son is caught having an affair with the clan leader’s wife. It’s kind of like THE MUNSTERS meets AN AMERICAN FAMILY. Very funny, knowledgeable of its roots, and subtle in its portrayal, VAMPIRES surprised me with its depth and in the way it told a very human story (a family trying to stay together despite adversities). Fans of Euro-comedies, vampire films, and social commentary will like this one… as will those just out for a fun / light flick. Fans of WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS will eat this up. Recommended!