The Shoreditch Slayer

On Movies: Shoreditch Slayer

In the alternate reality presented in Shoreditch Slayer, vampires are over. The craze that kept bloodsuckers living large has devolved into “True Blood” and “Twilight.” There’s no more room in the movies for humanity’s most deadly predator. Modern vampires now find work as maids, porters, fry cooks, and street performers. Remember: nobody is ever more than six feet from a vampire.

A collaborative effort between Simon Levene, Bosola Ajenifuja and Quincey Cassell Williams, Shoreditch Slayer, is part of a transmedia experience that involves social media and an alternative reality game. While it’s not necessary to go through the entire experience to enjoy the film, the experience although entertaining will fill incomplete.

Ninety-nine percenters will enjoy the tongue-in-cheek treatment of class status. Whoever heard of Dracula working the night shift at a hospital? Why on Earth would a bloodsucking demon need a paycheck? They may be the ultimate apex predator, but Shoreditch Slayer implies that vampires are stuck in the same grimy month to month realities as their food. After all, we’re all active expense accounts in the eyes of Wells Fargo.

In addition to their need to live within a financially demanding society, vampires appear to have derived most of their nutrition from Hollywood’s juicy innards. The fact that their demographic literally cannot buy food is another nice comment on the standard out-of-work actor stereotype. Mostly, though, it’s just funny to watch them try to hide their victims’ bodies.

It watches like a trailer – like many other online shorts, it almost strikes the viewer as a pitch to a big studio. There is no plot, lots of fast jump cuts, and a reliance on the generally abbreviated style that one generally sees in teasers and previews. The identity of the Shoreditch Slayer is among the bevy of details that are not addressed, though to be absolutely fair, it’s difficult enough to address anything in two minutes and seventeen seconds.

Will we see a Shoreditch Slayer feature in the next few years? It would be a good route for a creation of this sort. The film itself has broad appeal, particularly among those who know how it feels for the rungs of one’s career to fall away from beneath them. The transmedia experience will be inaccessible to older demographics that aren’t fully immersed in the social media sphere. Younger and more tech-savvy demographics may not appreciate the vampires’ predicament as well as their parents.

Shoreditch Slayer” is quick, dirty, and fun. It’s good for a few laughs and stands up to rewatching well. If only there were more of it!

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