‘Blood Relatives’ is described as having a ‘Yiddish vampire’, but this is a bit of an inaccuracy. Yiddish is a language, not an ethnicity. What it has is a Jewish vampire, with roots in Europe, who sprinkles his speech with Yiddish words and hip dialogue.
This is underlined by a klezmer soundtrack. The film is a comedy-drama, there is plenty of humor, but some underlying dark elements. (One bit of humorous reference is naming a minor character Quincy Morris.) The vampire is not the evil monster of traditional vampire films on a constant killing spree but someone trying to stay under the radar, trying to sustain himself with as little killing as possible.
When his daughter shows up (another change from the standard vampire story as most vampires do not have biological children, she has very different ideas, or at least is still trying to figure out her place in the world.
Blood Relatives is definitely a new take on the vampire mythos.
Released 22nd November 2022.
Rating: low +2 (-4 to +4) or 7/10.