Eat Locals (UK, 2017)

‘From the farm to the fork’

Eat Locals is a 2017 British comedy horror film directed by actor Jason Flemyng (Forbidden Empire; The Bunker; From Hell) from a screenplay by Danny King. It stars Charlie Cox, Freema Agyeman and Mackenzie Crook.

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In a quiet countryside farmhouse, Britain’s vampires gather for their once-every-fifty-years meeting. Others will be joining them too; Sebastian Crockett, an unwitting Essex boy who thinks he’s on a promise with sexy cougar Vanessa; and a detachment of Special Forces vampire killers who have bitten off more than they can chew…

Reviews:

“Ultimately, Eat Locals is a film that, whilst not perfect, manages to deliver just enough moments of comedy and horrific vampire action to satisfy horror fans. The talented cast and director rise above the script’s many flaws to deliver a decent action romp, that unfortunately falls shy of being genuinely great thanks to underdeveloped characters, themes and ideas.” Matt Dennis, Critical Popcorn

“The script by Danny King never takes itself too seriously mixing some dark humor in with the action and scares. And while there is a fair amount of Dog Soldiers feel to the military vs vampire scenes Eat Local carves out it’s own identity with it’s subplots and twisted humor.” Jim Morazzini, Beneath the Underground

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“Maybe my expectations were too high with such an all-star cast, but it just didn’t seem like the actors were given much to work with. What action there was felt like it was inserted to provide a break from the clunky dialogue. Overall, those who enjoy dry wit and over the top action sequences will most likely appreciate Eat Local. Others may find it a bit on the slow side.” Pop Horror

“It’s all fairly random and ramshackle, and doesn’t quite establish its quite interesting mythology all that well – but it has smart lines, a few clever plot developments and a general air of enthusiasm that distinguishes it from the crowd of low-rent Brit house-in-the-woods horror.” The Kim Newman Web Site

“The actors seem to be having a ball and Flemyng co-ordinates the carnage well (even if the last act is a little unfocused). The film straddles the same cross-genre boundaries as Shaun of the Dead and Dog Soldiers, but sadly it doesn’t quite match-up to those noughties classics.” Niall Browne, Movies in Focus

“It has a stellar-cast of former-Whovians and Lock Stock people, all more than ably directed by Flemyng who you wouldn’t know hadn’t been behind the camera before. The actors do what they can with a sluggish script that never manages to pick up the pace, with Cox and Fletcher standing out in particular, as well as the short bursts we see of Crosbie.” OC Movie Reviews

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“It has a great cast, an original idea and the humour is definitely there. But, for me it was unfortunately a lot more misses than hits. The film starts off well, fairly serious but with Sebastian used as the comedy. But as it progresses it becomes more slapstick than horror. I mean, you witness a flaming chicken fly across the air and an elderly vampire mows military down with a machine gun…” Games, Braaains & a Head-Banging Life

“In terms of the subgenre, this one offered fewer laughs than Lesbian Vampire Killers but didn’t quite reach the depths of appallingly unfunny stuff like Strippers vs Werewolves. Jason Flemyng is a very competent director and if this had been a straight film it may well have worked much better. As it is, the only thing Eat Local made me fear for was my sense of humour.” John Llewellyn Probert, House of Mortal Cinema

” …a nice line between horror, action and comedy which makes it enjoyable even if it is aimless at times. It also made the vampire film seem surprisingly fresh which a huge feat all on its own. This is certainly the echoed with its wonderfully sardonic and witty ending. Considering this is Flemyng first turn behind the camera it’s impressive even with its flaws…” Michael Vaughn, Bloody Flicks

Eat Locals reminded me of when I first saw Dog Soldiers and how different that was at the time, this movie gave me the same feeling, it is bloody-thirsty in parts with some good blood splatters to entice the horror fans, the cast is well put together and I wasn’t expecting Annette Crosbie’s character to have me laughing so much, look out for the scene with her zimmer frame and the one toting a machine gun.” Karen Woodham, Blazing Minds

Main cast:

Charlie Cox (Daredevil), Freema Agyeman (Doctor Who), Mackenzie Crook (Pirates of the Caribbean movies; The Gathering), Dexter Fletcher, Eve Myles, Ruth Jones, Vincent Regan, Annette Crosbie (One Foot in the Grave), Billy Cook.

Trivia:

The film was previously titled Reign of Blood.

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