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Plot: 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. Runtime: 86 mins Release Date: 19 Jun 2014
When you very nearly spray a mouthful of drink over the person in front of you, its generally a good indicator the movie is pretty funny. The sandwich joke had me in stitches! This movie doesn't rely on just a few jokes to carry it, they maintain a subtle layer of humour throughout and then have you in stitches with some brilliant jokes. The cast in this movie are well picked, and Stu was brilliantly played by...well Stu. Taiki Waititi & Jemaine Clement really get the whole dilemma of everyday life as a vampire! Hopefully this gets picked up and the masses get a chance to enjoy this <more>
wee gem. Loved this movie and would definitely recommend it. Gave this a 10. A must see!!
Goes down as One of My Favourite Comedies (by Sahl_95)
"What We Do in the Shadows" is a mockumentary about four vampires sharing a flat together. Going into this movie knowing nothing but the above, I did not have any idea what to expect. What I got was one of the funniest movies of this year or any year for that matter. The jokes where brilliant and more importantly, they were frequent and consistently brilliant. I loved the interaction of the main characters with each other and the supporting characters.Each of the main vampires had their moments and were all equally funny. The movie even had werewolves and they were also hilarious. I <more>
was also surprised by the special effects which were really well done.At one point it did feel like the jokes were getting old, but just as I had finished that thought, the movie changes and ends brilliantly. Even though there isn't much of a story, it doesn't really matter for this movie. Just watching some of the hilarious chaos that ensues in their everyday life is enough.There are not many movies that make me actually laugh out loud, but this one did on several occasions usually comedies, even great ones, just keep me grinning through out . This is easily one of the most enjoyable experiences I have had at the cinema.
Outstanding, The Office meets The Flying Conchords (by brian-marshnz)
I laughed and laughed and laughed.This is not a Vampire Movie, this is a mockumentary about some flatmates who happen to be vampires, just, y'know, incidentally.It is laugh-out-loud LOL, young people funny for extended periods. There is a lot of under-stated humour, but it has the feel of Peter Jackson's Bad Taste, made on weekends over an extended period - "what can we do in this scene to make it even funnier?"Being from NZ, I feel unsure whether I am on the the inside of an in-joke the police officers, for example but plenty of people seemed to get the Conchords, so <more>
who knows, really. If you "get" The Office and you "get" The Conchords, you'll love it.For true.Bro.
Lot's of people are disregarding this movie due to "Lack of plot" or "Poor cinematography".This isn't supposed to be that sort of movie, it's a mockumentary, done in the style of a documentary.They have nailed that look perfectly, and the plot doesn't matter in a comedy.The comedy is great, the deadpan nature of it is hilarious, the jokes are brilliant.Go in with the open mind that it's not your classic style of comedy.I think it's a great movie.
Absurdly Funny! (by t-schaffrath)
I watched this movie, knowing nothing about it before, and it completely blew me away. It had me gut-busting from the very first scene throughout the entire movie. The premise of vampire flatmates is absurd, but it works great, because the movie takes its characters just serious enough for the audience to be somewhat emotionally invested in them. The chemistry between the actors is also great. But of course, the biggest strength of the movie is, that it delivers laughs on a very consistent level. Seriously, there was probably a joke every minute, that made me laugh so hard, I cried. I really <more>
don't wanna oversell this one, but I think this might be the funniest mockumentary since "This is Spinal Tap". If you like mockumentaries, dark comedy, vampires, or are just generally into humor, definitely go see this one. This is the funniest movie of the year so far, but I'm sure, that won't change.
The comedy horror is so hard to get right. Then using the Vampire genre and the equally overused mockumentary style you are pushing a boulder up hill. So the mere fact that this film feels fresh and leaves me wanting more is more than a poke, yes there is more than a poke, in the right direction. Great performances by all, apparently a lot of it is improvised but the script is well versed in vampire lore and flatting mannerism, nicely produced and well paced. New Zealand seems to have a talent for comedy horror. Peter Jackson's Brain Dead is perhaps the pinnacle and this from Taika <more>
Waititi and Jermane Clement is close on it heels. Gags and gore in equal abundance with a beating heart at its center, entrails to the left. Check it out!
Looking at vampires through new eyes (by andrew-252-304196)
Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement seem to understand misfits. Waititi explored them in his first two films, Eagle vs Shark and Boy, and Clement's partnership with Bret McKenzie as Flight of the Conchords was an object lesson in not fitting in. Their early works were loved both here and abroad. Between them, Waititi and Clement have been nominated at the Grammys, the Emmys and the Oscars, hardly a pedigree to be sniffed at. I guess the domestic appeal of this is born of New Zealand being a strange little country down the bottom of the world, whose national bird doesn't fly, who dared <more>
stand up to the Americans and say "No Nukes", and which has been the backdrop for some of the hugest blockbusters of recent years. We're proud of our strangeness. The international appeal is perhaps due in part to the same thing, our unique individuality. I guess, coming from a pair of inveterate misfits, What We Do in the Shadows, an exploration of vampires who live among humans, but are intrinsically not living humans themselves, is a natural growth of themes already explored. As this film explores vampire tropes with fresh eyes, it gives, as well, a poignant look at the value of exploring past beliefs, hurts, losses and prejudices anew and seeing what can grow. As each of us age, it becomes easier to get stuck in our ways, how much more so for vampires whose age is counted not in decades but centuries. For Viago, Vladislav, Deacon, and Petyr there are many challenges. Viago faces the classic immortal's dilemma; his beloved growing old without him. Vladislav has a beast from the past which could rear its head again. Deacon faces the challenge of meeting a new generation and realising his own youth is slipping away. Petyr is growing ever more ancient, and is working to create a legacy. From these challenges come a fresh look at relationships between old enemies, at the cost of indiscretion, at unfulfilled promises and at the need to sometimes sacrifice your own desires out of genuine affection for another. This is a quirky film, slightly disjointed in places. But it delights in its lo-fi quirk right from the very 1970's looking "New Zealand Documentary Board" credit at the beginning. There's plenty of laughs to be had. It won't be everyone's cup of tea, it might be hard for some to follow, but there's entertainment to be found here for all. And now to the reviewer's bias. My grandmother, with whom I attended the Wellington première. Ethel Robinson assured me leading up to the movie that hers would be a very small part. It was, but it was a very necessary component part. And she filled it admirably, as did each of the performers in this piece. From the puzzled police, the frustrated familiar, the affable alpha-wolf, all the way to the venerable vampires themselves, no-one seemed out of place in this gentle comedy. Though it is about the undead, you can feel the warm heart beating below the surface of What we do in the Shadows, a film which will leave you thinking about vampires, and maybe about the world too, in a new way.
I hadn't heard about this until now... boy, what a treat. The ensemble cast is utterly fantastic, very devoted to every second of comedy that is juiced out of this film's content and subject. The "vampire mockumentary" plot is something that I don't think anyone eve dreamed of, but it's utterly devoted to making every comedy worth it and it succeeds. There are a few sore spots here and there, but overall this was a great time. Definitely something for moviegoers to seek out next year, it really does add a lot of the horror/comedy genre and I think it could be a real <more>
hit across nations. I strongly recommend it, and it has a great attitude about itself that won't turn people away.
I've never seen Flight of the Conchords but I was familiar with their brand of deadpan irony. What We Do In The Shadows is class-A irony as we follow a band of vampires integrate themselves into contemporary New Zealand. It adapts the mockumentary style of This Is Spinal Tap, one that now feels like it belongs on TV with The Office and Modern Family, but it breaks the bounds of the small screen with supernatural moments and entertaining wire tricks. The backbone is the humour, the way it approaches these dark things in such a blase way with its endearing network of characters. Sometimes <more>
it does get a little too silly or a payoff is predictable, but it's coming so thick and fast that it's briskly redeemed. It's the eye for storytelling and eventual thoughtful heart, where it discusses life, love and death, that boost it above being a typical midnight comedy. One of the funniest and most rewarding films of the year that shows how vampires aren't finished yet.8/10