Eat Lo­cals

Fortean Times - - Reviews / Films - Leyla Mikkelsen

Dir Ja­son Fle­myng, UK 2017 On UK re­lease from 1 Septem­ber Charis­matic char­ac­ter ac­tor Ja­son Fle­myng has graced screens both big and small in a wide va­ri­ety of roles over the years, but with Eat

Lo­cals he steps be­hind the camera to di­rect his first fea­ture film. Fea­tur­ing an all-star cast of Bri­tish ac­tors, the film con­cerns eight vam­pire over­lords hav­ing their semi-centennial meet­ing in the English coun­try­side. Sadly, it is no longer as easy to be a vam­pire as it once was, and as they dis­cuss the state of the world, a Spe­cial Forces team trained specif­i­cally in slay­ing vam­pires is clos­ing in on them.

The laughs are prob­a­bly sup­posed to rack up along­side the corpses, but de­spite the im­pres­sive cast the film feels cheap and falls flat. Pre­sum­ably aim­ing for a low-bud­get, hor­ror com­edy style mix­ing the hi­lar­i­ous

What We Do In The Shad­ows with the hu­mour and sus­pense Dog Sol­diers, the in­ten­tions of Eat Lo­cals are un­doubt­edly good, but the ex­e­cu­tion is lack­ing in both pro­duc­tion value and comic tim­ing, thereby squan­der­ing an oth­er­wise promis­ing premise.

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