What We Do in the Shadows (2014)

Plot Overview

A documentary crew follow around a group of vampire flatmates living in modern day New Zealand.

Review

When I first found out about the film, I was excited for it. Then I found out it was done by the Flight of the Conchord guys and lost interest. I’ve put it off for a long time but was pleasantly surprised by it.

Although it’s really a comedy film and not a horror film, it involves vampires and plays with conventions of the horror genre, so it counts. Although similar mockumentaries have been made, it feels very fresh and original and it’s genuinely funny. The actors all have good chemistry with each other and really make their characters come alive. Kiwi and Aussie accents lend themselves to the mockumentary genre as well because they sound more natural and less scripted than American accents – but it might just be because I’m Australian that I feel that way.

It’s also a change in that it’s quite a light-hearted and ‘positive’ comedy – although there is a lot of dark humour involved, it’s all done in a light way. Despite this, it still manages to be very funny. The deadpan humour works well, none of the jokes fall flat and some are genuinely laugh-out-loud funny. It changes things up and doesn’t recycle the same jokes, so it doesn’t get stale. It remains consistent throughout. The effects are also surprisingly good, a lot better than they need to be.

Summary

A lot better than I expected and definitely recommended. A consistently funny film that keeps it up for the whole run time with a lot of laughs. An interesting and diverse mix of characters that really come alive thanks to good performances from the actors. It doesn’t go off on tangents and stays focused, helping to hold it all together and not run out of steam. It’s not the most amazing film ever made, but it’s very good and very entertaining.


Rating: 8/10

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