What We Do In the Shadows (2015)
Director: Jemaine Clement
A documentary crew follows 4 vampire flat mates around (they live in Wellington, New Zealand) in their night to night party/feeding routine. Hilarity ensues!
Comedy is most likely by least favorite film genre right after musicals hence I don’t watch many of them. There’s always an action, sci-fi, horror or western flick that takes priority over a comedy in my bubble of a world. But when the horror/comedy WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS (which finally comes out in USA theaters today (limited of course), February 13, 2015 ) from New Zealand caught my stink eye, there was something about it that said “you should tap this one Arrow” and thank Crom that I did! I haven’t laughed this hard since I tried jacking off with my left hand.
This mucho clever mockumentary was written and directed by two of the film’s stars Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement and I applaud both gents for the potent plays on vampire rules, conventions and pop culture they gunned out to evoke giggles. For the first hour or so I was smiling from ear to ear non-stop and even laughed out loud a couple of times. The sight gags were side-splitting, I loved The Lost Boys, Dracula, Blade and Twilight references and most of the dialogue had so much bite to it that my ears bled (whatever that means). Here’s an example, behold one of my favorite lines from the film! A vamp is asked why he prefers snacking on virgins and he retorts: If you are going to eat a sandwich, you would just enjoy it more if you knew no one had fucked it. I keeled over on that one! And yes the flick was filled to the brim with bang-on funny lines like that.
The genius dialogue aside, the secret weapon in this one’s arsenal was without a doubt its colorful characters, their gnarly back-stories (all about “The Beast” LMAO) and the INCREDIBLE CAST that played them. I fell in love with this “think they’re cool but they’re truly geeks” lot and would love to hang out with them again in a sequel! Jemaine Clement was genius as the hot shit Dracula wannabe Vladislav, Taika Waititi was probably my favorite as the childlike and somewhat effeminate Viago, Jonathan Brugh owned it as the self centered “bad-boy” Dreacon while Ben Fransham made for an enigmatic presence as the Nosferatu knock-off Petyr. Moreover I loved to hate Cori Gonzalez-Macuer as newbie vamp Nick (what a twat that dude was) and may I have a moment of silence for the Stu (as played by Stuart Rutherford) the greatest low-key “nice” human to ever grace our used to be green earth. ----------------------Thank you. In all seriousness, the Stu character was handled brilliantly. By having everybody that meets him instantly “love” him, I loved him too! It was the joke that kept on giving. I’m not sure why…. it just did! Funny shit!
Tag to that some left field moments of ample bloodshed, impressive visual effects (“Bat-Fight”!), tight/inventive editing and varied supernatural creatures kicking in to spice things up (they handled the werewolf pack in a amusing way) and you get a sly and hilarious film! On the flip-side, looking back, there wasn’t much of a story here, but hey the flick was like a play on Big Brother but with Vampires. It was about exploring how they lived and their interactions first and foremost. On that, the lack of a meaty story did result in some pacing issues and the shtick getting a little bit old during the last act. I said a “little bit”. I felt it, hence why I’m pile driving it your way. Lastly, the “in werewolf” makeup wasn’t all that and they knew it, hence why they kept it in the shadows. Nothing to hang yourself over.
On the whole; was fun f*cking stuff! I smiled and laughed lots and this is coming from a tool that that’s not big on comedies. SEE IT!
When these vampires bite the arterial vein, it gets MESSY! You will see lots of red!
T & A
Nathing! For shame...
WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS was an ingenious horror/comedy that bitch slapped known “vampire” conventions around (via razor dialogue and killer sight gags) deprecated them and played them for laughs with wit and creativity. The flick also sported incredibly endearing lead characters who had an organic chemistry together and more importantly, that made me laugh! Will you chuckle? The f*ck I know! Humor is so subjective, it’s silly. For example, I once teared up laughing just by seeing this picture
. Did you? Exactly. But I digress. Sure the film didn’t have much of a story, the werewolf makeup was meh and its “game” got a bit old near the end; but overall; this one had me in stitches. You dig your horror/comedy a little bit more elevated than say Scary “penis, fart, fart” Movie
, hit this one and thank me in the morning with a plate of flapjacks.
Taika Waititi played his character like his mother while Jemaine Clement based his on Gary Oldman's Dracula.
The film was based on a 2006 short film of the same name.