Bloodsucking Bastards is not your typical work office comedy, it has a bit of a twist. It starts out feeling like a raunchier version of Office Space but we soon discover that this office isn't just about pushy bosses annoying their reluctant employees. This office comedy features vampire bosses who want to turn the workers into vampires themselves! And with that the ultimate battle for office supremacy begins: the human employees vs. the vampire bosses.
Bloodsucking Bastards is an absolute blast and fun as hell! I found myself laughing out loud several times throughout the film and genuinely having a good time. There are a couple of reasons as to why the film works as well as it does. Number one is the cast, they are all perfect in their roles with Fran Kranz and Joey Kern cracking me up with their spot on delivery and timing. The guys play a group of foul mouthed, childish, and harmless slackers with soaring confidence and believability. Watching them on screen was like witnessing a group of 20-30 something friends on a Friday night at the bar. Bottom line is they were very funny!
In contrast to the rest of the group of guys, Fran Kranz plays the straight laced, somewhat uptight employee gunning for a promotion and Emma Fitzpatrick as the cool girl of the office that everyone seems to have a crush on. Although they play the straight and “mature” characters, they are still very funny with their expressions and dialogue. In addition to the casts comedic abilities they all worked together with a great chemistry that gave the movie a comforting and inviting feel.
The script is the other reason why the film works so well. It's very funny and the characters seem written for these people. The dialogue is fast and snappy and the pacing is quick with no scenes seeming unnecessary. The jokes are funny and several sight gags work extremely well. One gag in particular that had me laughing well into the next scene was when Joey Kern's character explains when he first noticed the vampires in the office. It's brilliantly set up and filmed.
When the vampires come out, the film turns into a mini version of From Dusk Til Dawn with a lot of fighting happening in the small space. The make up for the vampires is decent and it was refreshing to see make up and practical effects being used with no or very unnoticeable CG. Bloodsucking Bastards manages to pull off something very difficult and that is while vampires are dying with stakes through their hearts and the blood is literally painting the walls red, they are able to maintain the comedy through the carnage and it makes for a fantastically fun final act!
On a comedic level, the film is a huge success and it blends in the right amount of horror and enough blood to satisfy genre fans. Kudos to the filmmakers and all involved because Bloodsucking Bastards definitely does not suck.