NIGHT TEETH on Netflix is a new YA Vampire Thriller. In fact, it plays out like a modern Romeo & Juliet, which won’t be for everyone. Also, it’s an ensemble movie sporting an impressive cast. Read our full Night Teeth movie review here!
NIGHT TEETH on Netflix is a new YA Vampire Thriller. It looks great but definitely lacks that solid story to keep you engaged. However, the ensemble cast featuring many awesome actors does help quite a lot.
What might not work well for most viewers, who expect a classic vampire movie, is the teen love story that drives the plot. The casting is excellent all around, but please be ready for many actors to have very small roles. In some cases, just one scene and that’s it.
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YA Vampire Romance
Sure, Night Teeth is a vampire thriller in many ways. However, about halfway through the movie – which is a good 20 minutes too long – it becomes apparent that we’re mostly dealing with a sort of Romeo & Juliet story. Instead of family clans being the great divide, it’s the humans versus vampires dilemma.
That particular part of Night Teeth probably won’t be for everyone.
Or rather, it could have worked if the overall runtime was shorter due to the storytelling being tighter. My mind started wandering when minor storylines dragged on. The visuals kept my eyes on the screen, but I stopped paying attention to what was happening with the dialogue. A huge red flag!
Ensemble movie – on paper, anyway!
Admittedly, I was hoping for much more Megan Fox and Sydney Sweeney than what Night Teeth actually gives me. With a movie like this, it felt perfect for Megan Fox to bring back her Jennifer’s Body vibe. And she does, actually. But it really is just one scene that is cut way too short. Most is left to your own imagination.
WANT MORE MEGAN FOX?
Also, after seeing Sydney Sweeney in everything from HBO’s Euphoria to the “Welcome to the Blumhouse” Halloween 2020 release Nocturne, I was expecting more of her in Night Teeth. Again, Sydney Sweeney and Megan Fox are great, but with the little, we see of them, I now wish for a spin-off featuring these badass vampires!
What especially gets to me about the very short amount of screen time for these brilliant actors, is the fact that the movie as a whole is so long at 107 minutes.
The three absolute stars of Night Teeth are Jorge Lendeborg Jr. (Bliss), Debby Ryan (Horse Girl), and Lucy Fry (Bright). I know the director wanted Jorge Lendeborg Jr. for this role and he does exactly what the character demands. I just don’t care much for the character. Debby Ryan and Lucy Fry play much more interesting characters.
Other than these three actors, the remaining two main characters in the movie are portrayed by the always-amazing Raúl Castillo (Army of the Dead) and Alfie Allen (Game of Thrones, Patient Seven). Usually, I find Alfie Allen to be extremely intriguing to watch, be he didn’t do much for me in this one.
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Adam Randall is the director of Night Teeth and we’ve already reviewed his previous movie here on Heaven of Horror. This was the horror movie I See You (2019) which we enjoyed quite a lot. So did most people, it would appear, since it has an IMDb rating of 6.8 which is very decent.
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The writer of Night Teeth is not the same as for his previous movie. That would have been quite surprising since the story and style are very different in most ways. The screenwriter behind Night Teeth is newcomer Brent Dillon, who has this new Netflix movie as the only credit on his IMDb page.
While I did enjoy the visual style of Night Teeth (including the actual vampires), the story just didn’t do much for me. Or actually, the core vampire story did, but not the romance element which took up way too much time. Hopefully, the key demographic of teens and young adults will love that part more.
Night Teeth is out on Netflix from October 20, 2021.
Director: Adam Randall
Writer: Brent Dillon
Stars: Jorge Lendeborg Jr., Debby Ryan, Lucy Fry, Raúl Castillo, Alfie Allen, Alexander Ludwig, Sydney Sweeney, and Megan Fox
The Plot of NIGHT TEETH
To earn some extra cash, quirky college student Benny (Jorge Lendeborg, Jr.) moonlights as a chauffeur for one night. His task: drive two mysterious young women (Debby Ryan and Lucy Fry) around Los Angeles for a night of party hopping. Taken captive by his clients’ charm, he soon learns that his passengers have their own plans for him – and an insatiable thirst for blood. As his night spins out of control, Benny is thrust into the middle of a clandestine war that pits rival tribes of vampires against the protectors of the human world, led by his brother (Raúl Castillo), who will stop at nothing to send them back into the shadows. With sunrise fast approaching, Benny is forced to choose between fear and temptation if he wants to stay alive and save the City of Angels.