What We Do in the Shadows (2014)

Movie Title: What We Do in the Shadows

Year Released: 2014

Rated: R

Runtime: 1h 27min

Genre: Comedy, Horror

Director: Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi

Writer: Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi

Starring: Taika Waititi Jemaine Clement, Rhys Darby, Jonathan Brugh, Cori Gonzalez-Macuer, Stu Rutherford, Jackie van Beek, Rhys Darby, Ethel Robinson, Elena Stejko, Jason Hoyte

Review: Vampire housemates (Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi, Jonathan Brugh) try to cope with the complexities of modern life and show a newly turned hipster (Cori Gonzalez-Macuer) some of the perks of being undead.

What We Do in the Shadows is a spectacular horror comedy that will have you laughing your cold, undead ass off from start to finish. This film is a mockumentary shot in a style that is reminiscent of the television series, The Office, where a camera crew follows around the subjects and peers into their day-to-day lives. Our vampire friends give us an in-depth look into everything from vampire dance clubs, to human dinners, to their longstanding rivalry with the werewolves. This movie plays up the various vampire stereotypes while also creating characters that are fresh and vastly different from one another. The satirical nature of these goofball vampires engaging in prototypical roommate squabbles is absolutely hilarious. What We Do in the Shadows is a stroke of genius, blending intelligent humor, a perfect cast, and a sharp attention to detail. The characters, albeit vampires, are also delightfully relatabe. I cannot recommend this film enough. Close your curtains, shut out any and all sunlight, and jump into the shadows! You have nothing to be afraid of. Unless a vampire invites you over to eat "basghetti." In which case, you should be very afraid!

Stars (out of 4):

Fun Fact: The man who plays Stu is not an actor but actually Stu Rutherford. A part-time business analyst for a Wellington company, LanWorx. He was hired for the film under the impression that he would be working on computers, and that he would play a small part in the film.


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