We’re vampires, we don’t put down towels! A What We Do in the Shadows Review

What We Do in the Shadows poster

What We Do in the Shadows takes a little while to get going, but once it does, it’s great!

What We Do in the Shadows is a mockumentary about four vampires who share a flat in New Zealand.

The Good

  • Has a very clever, very dry sense of humour (fans of British comedy should check this out)..
  • … but also isn’t afraid to get in the gutter if it needs to
  • Good performances from a mostly unknown cast (the only recognisable faces are Jermaine Clement and Rhys Darby from the Flight of the Conchordes TV show)

The OK

  • Very light on story
  • A bit slow off the starting block
  • Being a fairly low budget film, the effects and makeup occasionally look a bit cheap

The Bad

  • Considering what this movie is trying to do, there’s not really much you can describe as bad

Final Thoughts

If you go into this expecting a spoof style of movie like Scary Movie or Dracula: Dead and Loving It, you’ll probably be disappointed. What We Do in the Shadows comes from the team who brought you Flight of the Conchordes television show, so if you enjoyed that kind of off-beat humour, you should definitely check this out.

For those of you who haven’t seen Flight of the Conchordes, basically a lot of Shadow’s humor is based on the more mundane events that take place in the lives of our undead subjects. Things like whose turn it is to do the dishes, what they like to do in their spare time, and where they hang out are the sort of subjects that this film uses for its humour. As a result it’s a very low key comedy, despite the fact that it’s based on four supernatural characters.

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