Review: What We Do In The Shadows (2014)

What We Do In The Shadows

Flight Of The Conchords alumni Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi reunite for What We Do In The Shadows, a supremely funny vampire mockumentary. Viago (Waititi), Deacon (Jonathon Burgh) and Vladislav (Clement) are three friends living together in modern-day New Zealand. They also happen to be blood-sucking vampires, and it’s up to them to show new boy Nick (Cori Gonzalez Macuer) the way when he’s bitten by 8000-year old Petyr (Ben Fransham). Less about plot and more about the in’s and out’s of these unconventional people’s lives – from their nocturnal habits to their cleaning schedules – captured through a reality-style format, What We Do In The Shadows is wonderfully bizarre. Most of it, in fact, needs to be seen to be believed. It’s extremely funny though, with a mix of one liners, deadpan humour and brilliant setups leading to even better payoffs further down the line. There’s plenty of well played quieter moments, too. The film, however, rides on the back of its supremely talented stars, and all of them deliver in bucket loads to ensure What We Do In The Shadows becomes far more than an eccentric, one-watch novelty.

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