Bitten (Harvey Glazer, 2008)
Glazer, producer of one of my favorite movies of 2007 (The Mad), takes the director's chair here for Bitten, a similar comedy/horror mix with a similar surprisingly-famous cast and a similarly (though not as sharp) amusing script from Tim McGregor and Tyler Levine, who previously collaborated on UKM: Ultimate Killing Machine, which I haven't yet seen. After this, though, I'm tempted to track it down.
Jack (Kevin Smith regular Jason Mewes, who plays Jay in the Jay and Silent Bob movies), a lovelorn EMT, and his partner Roger (The Boondock Saints' Richard Fitzpatrick), are going about their daily lives on the graveyard shift. Jack is moaning about his ex-girlfriend Sherry (The Mad's Jordan Madley) and Roger is telling him it's time to get on with his life (in not so polite terms). So what do you think happens when Jack, on his way home from work, discovers a dying woman in an alley? EMT training and rebound attachment combine. It doesn't help matters that the woman, whose name is Danika (Erica Cox from American Pie Presents Beta House), is smokin' hot. Jack falls almost instantly, and Danika isn't averse, but there's one big problem: Danika, as it turns out, was attacked by a vampire. What do you do when you're an EMT and your new girlfriend has a taste for the red stuff?
I have to say that my favorite thing about this movie is actually the interplay between Jack and Roger; it's what would have happened had Quentin Tarantino written the dialogue for Scorsese's Bringing Out the Dead: sharp, funny, and natural-sounding. Once the plot is kicked off, the dialogue is a bit less...well, that. But I really liked the pacing here, the acting is stellar for a movie of this caliber, the script is awesome, and Glazer is a competent director. I liked this one a bunch. *** ½