Vampires Vs. The Bronx is a comedy-horror hybrid that pokes fun at the extinction and displacement many diasporic communities of color are facing right now in major cities by corporate forces. It follows a group of teenagers of Caribbean descent who are forced to protect their neighborhood in the Bronx when a group of vampires/gentrifiers invades.
ASYNCHRONOUS ASSIGNMENT (Deadline: 10/12 before the class)
1. Watch the film Vampires Vs. The Bronx (Osmany Rodriguez, 2020) on Netflix
2. In the comment section down below answer ONE of the following prompts (2oo-words minimum).
An allegory is a narrative in which a character, place, or event is used to deliver a broader socio-political message about real-world issues and occurrences. Discuss the allegory of corporate gentrifiers as vampires.
Refer to specific characters, scenes, and/or the plot.
How the movie proposes a trans-Caribbean unity to “save the neighborhood” and protect the needs of the Bronx residents.
Analyze how Vampires vs the Bronx flip common horror mise en scene elements (make-up; wardrobe; special effects; lighting; props) to highlight the contrasting presence of gentrifiers and as comedy tools.
Respectfully interact with ONE of your classmates’ responses. Do you agree with their arguments and interpretations? Do you disagree? What other observations about Vampires Vs The Bronx do you want to bring into the discussion?