Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Movie Review - What We Do in the Shadows

Urban fantasy fans and classic horror fans are likely to appreciate this mockumentary style comedy from New Zealand about four vampires sharing a flat together. Some clever and very funny writing acknowledges many of the pretentious trappings of vampirism with the odd nod to contemporary genre films. More snicker-worthy then laugh-out loud, but definitely a fun and worthy tribute to the trope. I quite liked this one and highly recommend it. Check out some of the excerpts of reviews below for more thoughts on the film. Available on DVD/Bluray since July 27 and online at Amazon.

SYNOPSIS: What We Do in the Shadows chronicles the adventures of four vampire roommates trying to get by in a modern world that's not always hospitable to the undead. A hilarious send-up in which an endearingly unhip quartet of friends reveal to us or, rather, to the documentary crew that's filming them, the details of their daily-make that nightly-routine. Ranging in age from 183 to 8,000, and in appearance from adorably youthful to Nosferatu-crusty, they squabble over household chores, struggle to keep up with the latest trends in technology and fashion, antagonize the local werewolves, cruise clubs for lovely ladies, and deal with the rigors of living on a very, very strict diet.

More Reviews:

From Rotten Tomatoes -
From The Guardian -
A group of vampires share a house in Wellington, squabbling about the washing up and facing off with a rival gang of werewolves, à la Twilight. The rigour with which their hideous and crepuscular world is imagined, combined with the continuous flow of top-quality gags, makes this a treat from first to last. After a while, I was embarrassed at myself for giggling so much. Our heroes are undead gentlemen from central Europe who have escaped problems and heartache in the old country to live in New Zealand. They bite a faintly annoying guy, who duly turns into a vampire and wants to hang out with them, and he brings along his best mate, a really nice non-vampire human bloke called Stu: all the vampires get a bromance crush, holding back from biting him and he is the Bella Swan of this story.
From -
The vampire protagonists of horror-mockumentary "What We Do in the Shadows" may seem like creatures of habit, but they're really just slow. While one vamp uses a modern convenience like eBay to "do my dark bidding," the rest rely exclusively on their limited intelligence and human servants. So it's only fitting that they've only recently become the subjects of a "Real World"-style reality show documentary.

The leading men of "What We Do in the Shadows" are definitely not of this era: they're walking, heavily-accented, frilly-blouse-wearing corpses and that's the source of a lot of energetic, expertly-timed gags. Like their characters, New Zealand co-writers/directors/stars Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi have their seemingly-improvised routines down cold. As a result, "What We Do in the Shadows" is an irrepressibly charming B-movie that never over-stays its welcome, and is both conceptually clever and admirably well-executed.


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