Reviewed by- Kerri Cochran
The mystical rep of Vampire cinema has been desecrated since the film that shall not be named blew up in 2008, but thankfully with the help of comedians like Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement, the palate has been cleansed with a Vampire movie that cancels out all sparkles and veganism still stuck between your fangs.
With a well deserved 96% from Rotten Tomatoes, What We Do In The Shadows (2014) is a film perfect for monster enthusiasts and just about anyone else who loves a good laugh. A mockumentary-style film crew is granted permission and armed with a crucifix (just in case) whilst filming the everyday life of 4 Vampires in a flatting situation in New Zealand. Vampires Viago (Taika Waititi), Vladislav (Jemaine Clement), Deacon (Jonathan Brugh) and Petyr ( Ben Fransham) are just months away from the annual unholy masquerade, a gathering for the dead creature community to celebrate their sickliness with music, dancing, raffles for human flesh and the chance to become the guest of honor.
The story leading up to the event deals with their freshly recruited vampire ‘Nick’ and his best friend ‘Stu’, whom they prefer for his red cheeks and work in computer software analyzing. Through Stu and Nick, they are introduced to more modern concepts such as eBay and are even granted permission into the hottest nightclubs, but not without a cost. The two tend to unintentionally wrangle the main four characters into deep trouble along the way, including but not limited to tracksuit dawning werewolves, vampire hunters, cops, and THE BEAST.
Even heavier concepts such as violence, romance, death, and immortal reflection are ornamented into this tale, none of which that could be considered cliché or that rob the film of its lighthearted silliness.
All in all, if you’re looking for a break from your typical vampire flick and/or are ready to cough up a lung, watch What We Do In the Shadows. You won’t regret it.
If you’re still not convinced, try watching the first six minutes: