Eat Locals review

Low budget British horror-comedy is ten-a-penny so it takes something to make it stand out. Making a good fist at this is Eat Locals, the directorial debut of noted character actor Jason Flemyng which features a decent mid-level cast including the likes of Charlie Cox, Dexter Fletcher, Tony Curran and Annette Crosby and features guest direction from none other than The Stath, Eat Locals will stand out from the crowd due to all this alone but thankfully it’s also a decent little watch which isn’t a classic but feels worth an hour and a half nonetheless.

Made with an obviously limited budget, Flemyng does the best with what he’s got, much of the opening of the film being a bit of a chamber piece with the story only really opening itself up from this in its second half, and the effects are really rather poor but much of the material doesn’t really require all that much scope and when its the characters batting off against each other, it works well enough.

This is thanks to a committed cast who crucially don’t seem to think they are above the material despite the fact some of them really are. Tony Curran is not the most inspired casting for “somewhat aggressive Scottish vampire” but his character never becomes the straight bad guy you’d expect and instead gets to show a tired warmth as he goes through. Charlie Cox does his restrained Daredevil thing as a vampire with reluctance about what he does and it’s fun to see Whoniverse vets Eve Myles and Freema Agyemann  in central roles which feel of a piece with the men around them. Billy Cook is decent enough in what is probably the lead role here, he has a nice turn in physical comedy though his geezer schtick takes a while to empathise with.

The film also seems to have something on its mind even if it’s not always capable of expressing it. A plot development in the second half brings up the idea of how interested the corporate world can be in Vampires and how this contrasts against the honourable businessman relationships the Vampires here have with each other but the film mainly concentrates on comedy and the odd bit of action, this material lurking in the background and only really taking centre stage at one point very late on in proceedings.

The very end of the credits here reveal that the hope is for “Eat Global” to come after this. With a bigger budget and a tighter focus that could be a more successful effort but what we have here is a decent watch thanks to a game cast and a lean runtime.

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Ian Loring is a Screenjabber contributor

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