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Fang, Bat, Stake

by JAGBOG

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A film with a somewhat familiar plot... but overall entertaining story. It took me a while to figure out that they were vampires, as I was bit confused by the constant returning to the same house with different products - perhaps there needed to be an extra scene in there where Vlad talks to the other guy about his motivation for making the sale on this particular customer, which would make the betrayal all the better at the end.

A couple of ghoulish salesmen discuss just how important it is to be invited in by prospective clients. Once you have that offer, you rule the game. From here, the less succesful of the two tries many times to make his way into a woman's house with a variety of products leading to a darkly comic payoff.

I liked the attempt at world building, breaking the rules for vampires with sunlight not an issue and their own little varation on paper/scissors/rock (the titular game) giving them some character. Also despite being small scale with one house/doorway used for the vast majority of the film, this had some great cinematic moments with fantastic use of closeups and on-point editing.

I think your unsuccessful salesman did a fantastic job, and the other being more successful simply based on a big personality and a smile hit very close to home as to how things sadly often go in the real world.

Just from an actual story point of view, this did feel like quite familiar, though the subversive elements helped it immensely.

Story: 2.5/5
Technical: 3.5/5
Elements: 2.5/5
Overall: 3/5

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