It’s a bit of a task to classify What We Do In The Shadows from writer/directors (and stars) Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi…it’s not “underground” or “independent”; hell, it’s not really horror — more of a comedy/mockumentary, with a fair amount of blood, a couple run ins with werewolves, witches, zombies, and a vampire hunter.
From the creators of Flight of the Concords (which I know absolutely nothing about, the movie is about the daily (or rather nightly) lives and struggles of being vampires from different periods of time. It covers the grind from helping one another get dressed (because, you know, they have no reflections), feeding, and adjusting to an ever changing world where they stay exactly the same. We observe their dealing with the loss of an old friend, and trying to accept new ones.
First there is Viago, a Victorian era zombie; very prim and proper. Then we have Deacon, a former ” Nazi Vampire”, now a carefree no-shits-given type. Then there is Vladislov, formerly known as Vlad the Poker (I wonder who he is based from). Finally, there is Petyr, an 8000 year old vampire, with a striking resemblance to Nosferatu.
The movie gives several shout outs to many movies that came before it, other then the obvious characters; for example, there’s a reference to the eating of worms from The Lost Boys (with a twist), and more subtle nods like Deacon’s rather familiar daughter by the name of Akasha, to a Blade costume.
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