At 7pm tonight at Scotiabank Theatre, Toronto After Dark is hosting the Toronto premiere of Eat Local(s).
A fun vampire romp that is sure to please audiences, the cast is stacked with recognisable faces and names, Charlie Cox (Daredevil), Mackenzie Crook (The Office), Eve Myles (Torchwood), Freema Agyeman (Doctor Who), Dexter Fletcher (Band of Brothers) and Tony Curran (Defiance, Doctor Who).
The film follows a group of vampires inducting a new, unsuspecting member, Sebastian (Billy Cook) into their fold in a remote country cottage, Unfortunately, a special forces unit, with aid from the Vatican has tracked one of them to their location, and are planning an all out assault to wipe them out once and for all.
Filled with great dialogue, some gut-busting physical comedy, and lots of blood, Eat Local(s) plays like a lighter, vampiric version of Dog Soldiers with overtones of What We Do in the Shadows.
Cox, Myles, Agyeman, and Curran sink their fangs into their roles, clearly relishing a chance to play broad, bloody horror-comedy and the film is filled with horrific moments, coupled with brilliantly absurd comedy (the flaming chicken made me laugh out loud).
It’s obvious that actor turned director Flemyng is a genre, and film fan, as there are nods to countless classic films, that are sure to delight.
The pacing of the film is tight and entertaining, walking a nice balance between the interactions of the vampires and the army unit conducting the assault, revealing motivations and personal relationships as they go.
It’s a delight to see this genre cast working together and the moments that Flemyng captures are playful, engaging, and sometimes a little creepy. I love the use of what has become known as the Blade Runner eye light as a reveal for the vampires.
That leads me to talk about the vampire makeup – the moments of full on vampire appearances are few and far between, and while the makeup is exceptional, and works very well for the film, I do like that it is kept to a minimal. Let the actors do their thing.
This one revels in its playfulness, isn’t afraid to have some blood, and is quite willing to be a little absurd. This one is sure to entertain, and the After Dark audiences are in for a treat tonight when this one screens.
If you’re a fan of any of the actors in this film, it’s a bit of a must to take this one in tonight, and consequently, they’ll be treating themselves to a fun and enjoyable vampire romp that they may not have heard of before.
What will you be watching After Dark?