What We Do In the Shadows (2014) | Best vampire comedy by far! Here’s seven reasons why…
What happens when four ancient vampires decide to lodge together in modern-day Wellington? Well that’s what a documentary film crew, armed with crucifixes, want to find out in this laugh-about Kiwi mockumentary, directed by and starring Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords).
Pedantic 18th-century dandy Viago (Taika Waititi), 183-year-old bad boy Deacon (Jonathan Brugh) and 862-year-old ladies man Vladislav (Jemaine Clement) are three bloodsuckers leading a pretty normal life in Wellington, New Zealand, coping with housework and finding unsuspecting victims in the city’s local nightclubs, assisted by Deacon’s familiar, Jackie (Jackie van Beek).
When their 8000 year-old basement-dwelling housemate Petyr (Ben Fransham) turns Jackie’s ex Nick (Cori Gonzalez-Macuer) into a vampire, the guys suddenly find themselves learning more about modern life from a surprising source – Nick’s human best mate Stu (Stuart Rutherford).
SEVEN OF THE BEST
Like ‘The Young Ones with extra bite’, this is the best vampire comedy to come along in a very long time, and here are seven side-splitting reasons why…
1. VIAGO AND THE KITCHEN TOWEL
From his old-school style coffin rising to playing ‘ghost cups’ in the mirror, Viago is hilarious anytime he’s on screen, but when the burst artery of one his victims sprays blood everywhere, that newspaper he’s carefully put down becomes totally useless.
2. VLADISLAV’S HYPNOTIC POWERS
The one-time lothario has lost his mojo over the centuries due to a fall-out with his ex-lover, The Beast. But watching him try out his lame hypnotic powers on an old guy watching telly is pathetically sad. He’s also not very good at fighting while transformed into a bat (prone to setting off car alarms). At least he has a unique fashion sense, which he calls ‘dead but delicious’.
3. DEACON’S BISGHETTI SCENE
Deacon thinks he’s the coolest vampire in the house, but he’s actually a bit of a drip – as witnessed by his naff snake dancing. But he really shows himself up when he tries to convince Nick that he’s eating worms instead of spaghetti – which he pronounces as bisghetti.
4. JACKIE THE JEX-ORCIST
Deacon’s familiar is fed up with having spent four years ironing the boys’ frills as she waits her turn to become immortal. She might be a dag, but Jackie’s certainly having the last laugh on her old school enemies as they are now being drained by Deacon and his pals.
5) NICK’S VAMPIRE FACE
Like Viago, Nick turns every scene he’s in, into a laugh riot – his one-to-one’s with Petyr over not killing Stu because ‘vampire mates don’t eat human mates’ is a hoot. But it’s the look on a smart arse shop assistant’s face when he shows his vampire face that had me cackling.
6) STU’S COMPUTER LESSON
Everyone loves Stu, Nick’s geeky human mate, especially when he shows the guys the wonders of the internet, from looking at pictures of ‘virgins’ to helping Viago skype his 90-year-old former assistant back in Germany. He’s the quite achiever in this gang.
7) WE’RE WEREWOLVES NOT SWEAR-WOLVES
The wereguys preparing for their monthly transformation is the film’s funniest moment, especially when alpha wolf Anton (Rhys Darby) chastises a pack member for wearing jeans instead of tracksuit bottoms. But also is this scene when the vamps and werewolves clash.
THE UK RELEASE
What We Do In The Shadows is released on DVD in the UK through Metrodome. The special extras include deleted scenes, interviews, a Behind The Shadows featurette, bonus video extras and promos.