Movie Review: Night Teeth (2021)

Synopsis: College student Benny Perez pretends to be his older brother so he can earn extra money chauffeuring two attractive women to multiple parties in Los Angeles. He later learns the women are vampires and are involved in a plot to subvert a long-time treaty between vampires and humans.

Who's in it? The movie stars Jorge Lendeborg, Jr., Debby Ryan, Lucy Fry, Alfie Allen and Megan Fox.

Review: Someone recommended this movie to me a few days ago and, after hearing what it was about, I decided to add it to my Netflix list. To be honest, I had some doubts because many vampire movies just don't live up to expectations. However, this turned out to be an interesting film.

I think the thing I liked most about this film was it wasn't anywhere near as predictable as I thought it would be. At first, it seemed like it would be as simple as Benny (Lendeborg) needing to survive the night but, as the movie progressed and the plot became slightly more complicated than that, it became a lot harder to figure out what would be considered a "happy" ending, especially since some of the "good" guys (including that group of crossbow-wielding vampire hunters) didn't seem to be all that likable.

I especially liked the budding love story between Benny and Blaire (Ryan). Normally, this is something I would roll my eyes at, especially since she was both undead and holding him hostage. However, it didn't seem as forced as I was expecting it to be and, as the movie revealed a little more about her (including how she became a vampire), it only made the ending a little more fuzzy because it would be difficult for the humans to win without killing a character that wasn't necessarily all that evil (I did, however, correctly guess at how their relationship would survive).

And, I have to admit, I liked the ending. It gave quite a bit of closure while still allowing for a sequel if Netflix chose to go that route (and I probably would watch it too).

My only real complaint about the movie, other than Megan Fox receiving not much more than a cameo, was it was very hard to figure out Benny's motivations. I think the best way to describe it is he seemed to have mood swings when it came to his passengers. One moment, he is fearing for his life and the next he is helping them escape vampire hunters and inviting them into his home. I get he was trying to help his brother, but showing them where he lived and introducing the women to his grandmother (Marlene Forte) didn't seem like a good idea under any circumstance, even if he was trying to get into Blaire's pants.

Final Opinion: The name is kind of dumb, in my opinion, but the movie was much better than I was expecting it to be and I would recommend taking the time to watch it if you get a chance.

My Grade: A


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