What We Do in the Shadows (2014) Movie Review

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2014 | R | Horror, Fantasy, Comedy
86 minutes /

User Score: 62/100

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What We Do in the Shadows Review


A documentary team films the lives of a group of vampires for a few months. The vampires share a house in Wellington, New Zealand. Turns out vampires have their own domestic problems too.

What We Do in the Shadows (2014) is a New Zealand horror comedy mockumentary movie that is about vampires who live together in Wellington, New Zealand. It was directed and written by Taika Waititi (Eagle vs Shark (2007), Boy (2010), Green Lantern (2011)) and Jemaine Clement (Rio (2011), Rio 2 (2014), Men in Black 3 (2012)). Taika and Jemaine make an impressive duo who brings us original screenplays that is a plus. Unfortunately, stupid-funny movies is not my thing, but if it was that this film would have probably received a seven from me.

The film revolves around three vampires who are Viago (Taika Waititi), Vladislav (Jemaine Clement), and Deacon (Jonathan Brugh - How to Meet Girls from a Distance (2012), Tangiwai Tangiwai (2011), The Jaquie Brown Diaries (2008)). The three vampires walk the streets at night to feed their hunger on innocent civilians. The three friends are several hundred years old and have another friend, Petyr ( Ben Fransham - 30 Days of Night (2007), Heavenly Creatures (1994), The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)) who resides in the basement. Petyr’s makeup was phenomenal as I was scared looking at him. Petyr does not leave the basement and is fed chicken. Deacon gets all his human food from Jackie (Jackie van Beek - Eagle vs Shark (2007), Go the Dogs (2011), One Shoe Short (2008)) who invites people over to the vampires home for dinner and leaves them to be served as dinner. Jackie helps the vampires in any way she can because she is hoping that they keep their promise to her and turn her into a vampire soon. Things went wrong one night when the vampires did not kill Nick (Cori Gonzalez-Macuer - Eagle vs Shark (2007), Only Son (2010), Jono’s New Show (2008)) who was a guest for dinner and Petyr sire him.

The movie gets slightly interesting as Nick is very open about his new lifestyle as a vampire and tells everyone that he is one. Nick ultimately was responsible for Petyr’s horrifying departure and the movie escalates. If you love to watch stupid-funny movies then this is the movie for you. The movie did not capture my entire attention as it did for my movie buddy. The acting was great as well as the makeup job. The sets were crazy good and sound effects were on point. I did like the belly dancing scene from one of the vampires - watch to see who. Imagine a mother of three kids who is married wanting to leave her life and be a vampire - that wowed me. Also, a vampire who let his love go so that she can live a normal human life but still goes to see her when she is over eighty years old. The screenplay was awesome but just not for me.

About What We Do in the Shadows 2014

Title: What We Do in the Shadows
Year: 2014
Runtime: 86 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Fantasy, Comedy
Score: 2.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.1/5 stars from 29 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 29
MPAA Rating: R
Starring: Adolf Hitler, Aaron Jackson, Christopher Winchester, Ben Fransham, Daniel Rathbon, Cohen Holloway, Jemaine Clement, Nathan Meister, Jennifer Martin, Ian Harcourt, Graeme Ford, Emma Smith, Karen O'Leary, Simon Vincent, Rodney Cook, Mike Minogue, Christian Alexander, Rhys Darby, Chelsie Preston Crayford, Matthew Dravitzki, Freyja MacLeod, Ethel Robinson, Tim Capper, Brad Harding, Duncan Sarkies, Natalie Crane, Isaac Heron, Tanemahuta Gray, Leroy Cross, Yvette Parsons
Writers: Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi
Director: Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi