What We Do in the Shadows is a hilarious mockumentary that revolves around three housemates who just happen to be immortal vampires with a thirst for human blood. There is an outrageously surreal contrast between the normal streets of Wellington, New Zealand, and the very atypical selection of undead – including werewolves, zombies and vampires.
The film crew follows the lives of Viago (Taika Waititi), Deacon (Jonathan Brugh), and Vladislav (Jemaine Clement) as they look for their ‘necks’ victim, and the comedic timing and performances will have audiences in stitches.
The camera work is emblematic of the genre and although some may find it distracting it rings true in this context. The duration only adds to the overall positive experience of this society-relevant satire. Almost like an inside-out horror production, What We Do in the Shadows has an abundance of comedy with horror relief – an eccentric and imaginative perspective on an oversaturated subject. (RBM)
BY ROCIO BELINDA MENDEZ