Ever go to work, look around, and realize your entire office is full of slackers? That’s pretty much Evan’s (Fran Kranz) life. As the acting sales manager of his company, managing his two best (and super lazy) friends Tim (Joey Kern) and Ted (Joel Murray) is proving to be a difficult task. I mean seriously, who would want to work on some stupid important proposal for a new client when there are video games to play? Unfortunately for Evan, a big announcement which he assumes is his promotion to full time sales manager, is really about the company being taken over. Even worse? It’s taken over by his high school nemesis, Max (Pedro Pascal).
Just when Evan assumes his work-life couldn’t spiral any more, his coworkers begin to suck . . .blood. Lots of it.
Bloodsucking Bastards, a 2015 horror comedy directed by Brian James O’Connell and written by Dr. God, is literally The Office + vampires. It’s funny (even dry at times), manages to set up great interoffice and personal relationships between characters, and is carried by a phenomenal cast of actors. Tim, Evan’s coworker is hands-down my favorite. His laissez faire attitude about everything, including vampires, coupled with his super chill albeit highly witty attitude makes him endearing. Amanda (Emma Fitzpatrick), Evan’s estranged girlfriend and head of HR, is relateable to anyone whose said the dreaded “L-word” and didn’t heard it in return. The ultra paranoid security guard, Frank (Marshall Givens), is the perfect awkward-guy comedic relief. And of course there’s Dave (David F. Park). Whose only real job is to collect money from the office pools. And kick people’s asses.
The effects in the film are well done considering the production’s limited budget. The vampires are not too over the top (in both make up and performance) and the story never really has a dull moment. Every moment of the film is used to tell the story and culminates in an extreme bloody mess. As a viewer, I wouldn’t have it any other way. If there’s one thing Bloodsucking Bastards taught me, it’s to never trust someone who counts paperclips. Or Wiki. Okay, that’s two things.
Check out the trailer below and take my advice – watch this movie. If you’re looking for a vampire complement to Shaun of the Dead, Bloodsucking Bastards is meant for you.