“This turned out to be the most boring vampire movie”
NIGHT TEETH (2021)
I was really excited for Night Teeth because I am so fascinated by movie vampires and the way the trailer offered a modern insight on vampires living among us. What I did not expect was to be so bored I reached for the remote to turn it off more than once.
If this move was released over a decade ago when Twilight and Vampire Diaries were dominating the market, a film as surface level as this would have done better. When you present something like this in 2021, when the genre has subsided, that offers nothing new, it's going to feel stale. I'm not even sure who the intended audience was for this between all the conflicting generational aimed dialogue.
A young limo driver picks up two very mysterious women and drives them to a party. He soon realizes they are not ordinary people and finds himself entangled in a night of chaos, adventure, and vampires.
The plot presents a small, yet visible potential for a B-horror comedy, or- whatever this is supposed to be. I would be willing to bet that the original script may have had more nuanced story beats that were sadly shaved down to appease the studio. But who knows and I'm too uninterested to find out.
ACTING | CHARACTERS | DIALOGUE:
Listen, I really don't like to bag on performances when there is little to no material. I thought the cast did just fine. Jorge Lendeborg Jr. did a really good job grounding his character, making him feel like someone I actually know. I also think Debby Ryan is a great actress and deserves far better roles that get to showcase her range. However, most, if not all the character dynamics and relationships fell totally flat.
VISUAL EFFECTS | MAKEUP | DESIGN:
As much as it tries to replicate American Horror Story: Hotel, I think this movie spends the most time worrying about looking like a music video from the early 2010s than anything else. This movie feels like being in one giant club. Whether we are in an actual club or a convenience store, the heavy use of neon lighting makes all the locations blend together in my mind. Also, the outdated style of the costumes doesn't help either. It's like they didn't even try to make it look present.
MUSIC | SCORE | SOUND DESIGN:
The score is actually one of the stronger elements. I enjoyed a lot of the techno based beats underlying every scene, even though it surely fed into why the whole thing felt like being in a club. However, I think it was done really well and I honestly wish it could have been enough to make the film more exciting.
I personally think the story specifically lacked a sense of urgency leaving the characters to feel almost non-motivated. This turned out to be the most boring vampire movie I have ever seen, especially when Vampires Sucks exist. If you want to see it for yourself, it's now streaming on Netflix.
NIGHT TEETH IS NOW STREAMING ON NETFLIX