Bloodsucking Bastards (NR)

Comedy 84 min. September 4, 2015
By Rob Staeger
A woman tells her boyfriend she loves him; his reply — a quiet, humiliating "nooooooo" — sounds like air escaping from a deflating balloon. The line reading is startlingly funny, and a signal that the comedy in Bloodsucking Bastards is in good hands. The script and cast (in this case, Fran Kranz and Emma Fitzpatrick) nail the small moments, even before the vampires promised by the title arrive. The film is the brainchild of Los Angeles–based improv troupe Dr. God, which finds a rich vein of culture-clash comedy when a floundering telemarketing company gets infiltrated by business-oriented vampires, and office drones and jaded slackers (notably Joey Kern and Justin Ware) encounter the intense gazes of the hyper-motivated undead.

As the action gears up, and the supply closet is raided for vampire-hunting gear, the film sinks its teeth into toxic elements of office culture, such as the trampling of individuality in favor of productivity, or simply how no one ever bothers to learn the janitor's name. Bloodsucking Bastards isn't particularly ambitious — the characters, though funny, are all basic types, and the office romance at the film's core is featherweight — but there's no denying the good times it has on the job.
Brian James O'Connell Franz Kranz, Pedro Pascal, Emma Fitzpatrick, Yvette Yates, Joel Murray, Joel Kern Dr. God, Ryan Mitts Rizzotti, Brett Forbes, Brandon Evans, Justin Ware, Colleen Hard Shout Factory

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