Film Review – What We Do In The Shadows


On a first viewing at home on my TV thanks to a Vimeo link provided by the film company, I thought this was a decent, quirky comedy from the guy that made Boy – Taika Waititi and one half of Flight of the Conchords – Jemaine Clement.

After I was asked to host a couple of Q & A sessions with the guys, I watched the film again in a packed cinema, and this movie has really grown on me.

Filmed over five weeks, the co-directors Clement and Waititi had written a script that they didn’t end up showing the other cast members, opting instead for an improvisational environment.

So with 125 hours in the can, Waititi began the laborious task of sifting through the footage over the following 14 months.

The end result is a kind of Monty Python meets Spinal Tap film about a bunch of Vampires living in Wellington, New Zealand, who share a house together.

It’s a celebration of the mundane aspects of being both flatmates and Vampires, one of which I’m very familiar with.

I’ll let you work out which one that is.

Definitely worth seeing with a bunch of your mates.

Rhys Darby as the top dog in a pack of Werewolves is hysterical, and the cast of Vampires and assorted humans are extremely funny.

I can’t wait to check out the DVD extras once this has had it;s run at the cinema.

3 & 1/2 Stars.

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