Halloween Advent: What We Do in the Shadows (2014)

Rating 15
Length 1h26
Release 12.4.2017
Director Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement
About Viago, Vladislav, Deacon, and Petyr are vampires who share a flat. Deacon’s servant Jackie leaves her ex-boyfriend Nick inside. Petyr turns him into a vampire and he soon joins them as a flatmate.
Moon: no moon sighting that I noticed
Where to Watch: Amazon Prime
Trailer:

Trick

  • As with most improvisation, the plot can feel a little aimless. For an average viewer, that might be a little off putting or challenging when it comes to focus.
  • There’s a certain something about the humour of the creatives behind some of the most brilliant New Zealand exports. It’s vegemite, for want of a better word. You are either going to be hooked from the start and love what they produce, or you are going to question the sanity of everyone who tells you to love them.
  • Mockumentary films are not for everyone. Their style and tone will put a lot of people off.

Treat

  • A vampiric Spinal Tap?! What is not to love?
    From botched feedings to werewolf rivalry, this film gives you the lovable stupidity of the Tap boys and a centuries old view of a modern house share.
  • This is an example of incredible improvisation and what stands actors like these apart from the SNL crew. There’s an effortless chemistry between the players and it allows an element of comfort within the apparent aimlessness of the plot. Which, lets face it, is a natural feature of a documentary.
  • While your Flight of the Concords regulars are as amazing and on point as always, the star of the outing has to be human Stu. A computer tech guy thrown along for the ride through happenstance.
  • The humour, while niche, is outstanding. Think the IT Crowd, but with New Zealand panache.
  • The music and soundtrack will haunt you long after the film finishes.

Final Thoughts

The house share element is frighteningly relatable, the horror is on point and its no surprise that it spawned a tv series and a potential sequel.

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