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'Eat Locals' Toronto After Dark 2017 Review: A vampire comedy that bites off more than it can chew

October 17, 2017Britany Murphy

With a military unit having tracked down their hidden lair, a group of vampires conducting their semicentennial meeting find themselves in for a longer night than they bargained for. Unfortunately, what’s meant to be a funny foray into the world of some of the most well-known creatures in horror ends up being dead on arrival (pun intended).

Touting a cast of top-notch British talent like Charlie Cox, Freema Agyeman, Vincent Regan, Annette Crosbie and Tony Curran, Eat Locals follows Sebastian (Billy Cook), a young man seduced by an older woman (Eve Myles), who then lures him to an abandoned farmhouse to be recruited as a new vampire. Upon his arrival there, he finds a vampire coven squabbling over their divided territory and diminishing ranks, completely unaware that special forces operatives have them surrounded and are preparing to rid the town of the bloodsuckers once and for all.

A tongue-in-cheek spin on your typically serious-minded vampire flick, this low-budget horror-comedy marks actor Jason Flemyng’s directorial debut. But although Eat Locals provides some laughs — largely at the hands of Crosbie and Cook — the humor mostly miss its mark, at least for viewers on this side of the pond.

Eat Locals is receiving its Toronto premiere at Toronto After Dark 2017.

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