What We Do In the Shadows is a new comedy directed by Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement, who directed and starred in the famous TV comedy “Flight of the Conchords.” Shot in a documentary style, a group of old vampires from different epochs embark on a journey they could have never predicted. The group consists of Viago, the “poofy” dandy; Vladisla, the pervert; Deacon, the “young” one hundred year old “cool guy”; and Peter, the 8,000-year-old Nosferatu. The movie is centered around how newcomer vampire Nick changes the group’s lives and lifestyles for better or for worse. They all live together in a flat and have to do chores and play out their daily routines. The challenges involved in living a normal life as a vampire were hilarious. The group must also deal with all the complexities of being vampires in modern New Zealand, such as having to wait to be invited into a person’s house to kill them and only being able to drink blood (eating anything else makes them vomit blood profusely).
Comedies coming out in 2015 will be hard pressed to make me laugh harder than I did while watching this film.
One day, Nick introduces them to the wonders of modern technology and his cool human friends, revolutionizing their lifestyle. However, when Nick shares their address with a vampire hunter he meets at a nightclub and endangers the entire group, they must decide whether or not to exile Nick and how to deal with old friends and enemies.
Comedies coming out in 2015 will be hard pressed to make me laugh harder than I did while watching this film. This film is one of the funniest new movies I have seen recently. This film parodies all of the “rules” of being a vampire (weakness to garlic, crosses, silver, being invisible in mirrors, etc) and it does so fabulously. It makes fun of vampires, werewolves, zombies, clubs, being old, modern technology, dependence on social media, and more. I would see this film again and again. If you think you won’t like this movie because it looks too highbrow then you’re wrong. I guarantee that anyone who watches this film will love it. But be warned, there are plenty of sexual jokes in this film so it is not a movie for young children. This picture is clever, hilarious, and very memorable. It is everything you want in a good comedy. A+.
Unrated, Drama, Comedy. Directed by Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement. Written by Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement, Paladin Pictures, 1 hr 26 minutes.
By Sam Finbury