FILM REVIEW: What We Do In The Shadows

The music genre has Spinal Tap and now the vampire genre has What We Do In The Shadows. A brilliant new comedy from the team that brought you Flight of the Conchords.

DIRECTORS: Jermaine Clement & Taika Waititi
86 minutes
21st November 2014
Jermaine Clement, Taika Waititi, Jonathan Brugh, Cori Gonzalez-Macuer, Stuart Rutherford, Ben Fransham, Jason Hoyte, Elena Stejko, Jackie van Beek

Viago, Deacon and Vladislav are three vampires living together and trying to cope with modern life: paying rent, doing housework, and trying to get into nightclubs, they’re perfectly normal – except for their immortality, fangs, and thirst for human blood. When their 8000 year-old housemate, Petyr turns 20-something Nick into a vampire, the guys must guide him through his newfound eternal life.  In return, they are forced to learn a thing or two about modern life.

What We Do In The Shadows is a mockumentary following the generally mundane but nearly always bloody lives of four flatmates Viago, Deacon, Vladislav and Petyr who just happen to be vampires trying to get by in the modern world. The are doing pretty well until 8,000 year old Petyr decides to turn 20-something Nick. Soon Nick and his human friend Stu are introducing the group to the cool things the modern world has such as the internet. However its not all plain sailing as they have to deal with werewolves, needy servants and Vlad’s nemesis The Beast (But shhh! don’t mention her name to him!).

This film may only be 85 minutes long, but it just goes to show that good things really do come in small packages. The vampire genre certainly has been done to death over the past few years, so I was skeptical what another film would add. I really shouldn’t have worried as this film was totally brilliant. Each character has their own little quirks and you may recognise more than one of the vampires.

The plot itself was different and engrossing, following these vampires who range from 107 to 8,000 years old as they try to get by in modern world that is strange to them, yet try and keep secret who they are.

The film was very funny and had me laughing out loud on many, many occasions. However whilst this is definitely a comedy it had lots of very gory moments.

What We Do In The Shadows is a funny and new take on the vampire genre. It is full of great memorable characters and is sure to become a cult classic.

Be sure to see it when it comes out on 21st November, but in the meantime check out the trailer at our previous article here

Rating: 5/5
Reviewer: darkphoenix1701

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