“The summer I got breasts, that was the same summer I fought vampires,” the feisty Shawna (Asjha Cooper) tells us at first of Maritte Lee Go’s “Black as Night,” a hard-times-in-the-Big-Easy story and one among a pair of horror-comedies that begin streaming this week on Amazon as a part of the Welcome to the Blumhouse anthology. The different is Gigi Saul Guerrero’s “Bingo Hell”; and whereas the 2 are vastly totally different, they nonetheless share a sociopolitical sensibility that champions the downtrodden and makes heroes of the marginalized.
In “Black as Night” (the cooler, fleeter choice), the lingering results of Hurricane Katrina mud a screenplay (by Sherman Payne) that sees town’s homeless being reworked right into a vampire military by a previously enslaved über-bloodsucker (Keith David). As Shawna and her sidekick, a homosexual Mexican immigrant (Fabrizio Guido), fight to cease the slaughter the old-school way — with daylight, garlic and holy water — Payne makes use of their quest to immediately tackle colorism, dependancy and the stress between the French Quarter and the tasks. The particular results are effective, if unremarkable, but the actors are into it and the script manages to be considerate with out dampening the enjoyable.
Greed and gentrification are the dual curses that drive “Bingo Hell,” a warmhearted take a look at what occurs when an evil entity co-opts a retirees’ bingo corridor. People are going lacking within the low-income community of Oak Springs, but Lupita (Adriana Barraza), the hipster-hating native busybody, is on the case. Inflamed by the modifications to her beloved neighborhood, Lupita is further troubled by the sinister, toothy figure (Richard Brake) who has transformed the bingo corridor right into a flashy, cash-spewing on line casino.
Taking a sly, metaphorical dig at owners abandoning their friends for quick buyouts, “Bingo Hell” sprinkles hardship and loss on a narrative of oldster gumption. When the motion will get creaky, Byron Werner’s images gooses things alongside: He’s particularly efficient with low-to-the-ground photographs that add a creepy surreality to easy setups. The final third fizzles, but I loved the droll musical selections and critically gloopy particular results. (One scene in a motel rest room should include a warning to anybody affected by even the mildest pores and skin situation.)
Despite the commonly humorous vibe, “Bingo Hell” quietly accumulates an unignorable pathos. However courageous and resourceful, Lupita and her friends are battling to save a neighborhood that poverty and progress have already claimed.
Black as Night
Not rated. Running time: 1 hour 27 minutes. Watch on Amazon.
Not Rated. Running time: 1 hour 25 minutes. Watch on Amazon.