What we do in the shadows

Directors: Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi; Main Cast: Jemaine Clement, Taika WaititiJonny BrughCori Gonzalez-Macuer;

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Hilarious and very original mockumentary about vampires living as flatmates in modern day Wellington (New Zealand). The audience is introduced to each character with a mix of direct interviews and everyday life scenes and getting to know Viago (Waititi), Deacon (Brugh) and Vladislav (Clement) is funny and highly entertaining. They have problems that are typical when sharing a house: paying rent, keeping up with the chore wheel, overcome conflicts and getting invited into nightclubs; they also have others issues due to being centuries-old vampires: avoiding sunlight, getting fresh human blood, hitting a main artery and not being able to get a sense of their wardrobe without a reflection. In the interviews you get pearls like these:

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There’s also Petyr (Ben Fransham) as forth flatmate, he’s the oldest and most ghoulish vampire of the lot and has a tendency to turn his victims instead of killing them. This is the reason why Nick (Gonzales-Macuer) becomes a vampire and, being new-made, gets to be a guide to his brethren, helping them to overcome modern society’s obstacles. Along with his best friend Stu (Stu Rutherford), who is still human but very understanding, Nick manages to teach Decon, Vlad and Viago to use a computer and internet with pretty interesting results such as dark bidding on Ebay or a Skype conversation with a former minion. They finally have no problem enjoying the nightlife and entering bars and clubs, with their great surprise and delight. In return, they mentor Nick in all-things vampiry: eating in a proper way, fly and turning into a bat, hypnotizing people, dealing with werewolves and so on.

The story flows nicely, it’s engaging and amusing and it’s served well by the documentary style of shooting and editing. The cast is brilliant, especially Waititi and Clement who are also the dark minds behind this film. This movie is a breath of fresh air in this stale genre, it’s unusual and up to the mark with another unconventional take, although very different, on vampire tales: Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive. Diverting —8/10

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18 responses to “What we do in the shadows

  1. kristinaporter

    Such a good film!

  2. I like the sound of this one a lot. Something like ‘Spinal Tap’ but with vampires.
    Thanks, Marta.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  3. This is one of my favorite movies! Mainstream American comedies don’t usually appeal to me (“Trainwreck” being a particular peculiarly-acclaimed low that I didn’t even manage to get through;) I love horror-comedies like “Shaun of the Dead:” When they’re done right. This is up there with “Shaun of the Dead” on my favorite horror-comedies, I just love everything about it. Viago is particularly hysterical. Good review, love the GIF’s!

  4. No sparkly vampires! This is definitely my cup of blood, er, tea!

  5. I’m a bit picky when it comes to comedy but that thing had me laughing throughout. Absolutely loved it.

  6. So glad to see you enjoyed this! I absolutely adored this film – it was hilarious, fresh, different, and it is super quotable!

  7. Paragraph Film Reviews

    Agreed! It’s great seeing someone take mockumentary and vampires and make something new/fresh/funny out of them.

    Housebound (currently on Netflix) is another great NZ comedy/horror type movie if you’ve not seen that yet – equally funny, but quite different.

  8. So glad you enjoyed this as well! I don’t think I’ve ever laughed as hard at something as I did while watching this. It is hilarious, original and so crazy. I hear they are doing a sequel or something, and I can’t wait!

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