Fran Kranz, Pedro Pascal, Joey Kern, Emma Fitzpatrick
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…irreverent, gore tinged fun…
Telephone marketer Evan (Fran Kranz) has broken up with his girlfriend Amanda (Emma Fitspatrick), had his promotion given to his former high school bully, and found the blood-spattered corpse of a colleague in the toilet. All things considered, it’s not been a good day. Swapping gothic castles and coffins for office politics and water cooler moments, Bloodsucking Bastards is a horror comedy – with more emphasis on the latter than the former – from Ryan Mitts and comedy collective, Dr God.
Getting off to a shaky start with jokes that reach for low hanging fruit, Bastards soon finds its stride as Evan’s colleagues succumb to vampires, and literally no one seems to care. Like Zombie Strippers, which saw burlesque dancers deliberately becoming the undead for the benefit of their patrons, the best way to get ahead in business is to clearly take someone else’s. This all dovetails into a strong third act that shows that there’s always time to learn about delegation, even when you’re Nosferatu.
Bastards’ self-aware humour, acknowledges that the audience might be a few steps ahead of them and then turns left when they turn right. Evan’s slacker buddy, Tim (Joey Kern), is great fun as he sleepwalks through the insanity of the events with the simple desire of leaving at five on the dot. Meanwhile, Fitzpatrick’s Amanda is sadly a plot device to spur Evan on to do things. It’s a shame as something like Shaun of the Dead proved you could invert the damsel in distress trope if you put your mind to it.
Proving that a nine to five existence can be life draining, Bloodsucking Bastards is as juvenile as its title suggests, but with a strong script and a stronger cast, it’s also a lot of irreverent, gore tinged fun.