Film Reviews

Film Review: What We Do in the Shadows (2014)

 In 2005, Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi made a short film called “What We Do in the Shadows: Interviews with Some Vampires”, a very clever comedy styled in the form of a mockumentary about the real problems of vampires today. It was really good given the almost non-existent budget they had.

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 In 2014, they remade the film into an elegant feature film, yet they kept the charm and humor of the original. Styled yet again as a mockumentary, the film follows the daily struggles of vampires Viago, Vladislav, and Deacon, all living together in a small house in Wellington, New Zealand. Their fights are pretty much what you would find in any other house. They fight over washing bloody dishes, cleaning the floor of dead bodies, nothing out of the extraordinary really!

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  Jeamine Clement and Taika Waititi’s witty writing is what really makes this film stand out. From the character of Vladislav the Poker, a hilarious take on the real character of Vlad the Impaler, to the sharp jokes found all throughout the movie, the film maintains a certain level of humor that appeals to any fan of vampire movies. Adding in consideration an incredible soundtrack, this could easily go as one of the best films of the genre so far.

Rating: 9/10

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