Video: What We Do In The Shadows Official Trailer.

The only vampire mockumentary you’ll ever need to see. From the New Zealand genius that brought you Flight of The Conchords (and business-time socks), Jermaine Clement and his good friend director Taika Waititi (Boy, Flight of The Conchords) have created one of the best comedy films of the decade.

Based on a short film the pair made in 2005 the film took another 8 long years to conclude as apparently that is how long vampire mockumentaries take*.

The documentary style film explores four vampires living together in a humble abode in Wellington, New Zealand. What could possibly go wrong? We are introduced to the very dapper Viago (Taika Waititi), the sexy ladiesman Vladislav (Jermaine Clement), the rogue Deacon (Jonny Brugh), and everybody’s favourite 8,000-year-old vampire in the basement, Petyr (Ben Fransham).

We gain insight into the mundane aspects of being a blood sucking vampire, from completing everyday household chores to heading out clubbing in downtown Wellington. The good old power struggles between vampires with hundreds of years of history and those recently turned are shown cleverly when 20 something young buck Nick (Cori Gonzalez Macuer) flies into the scene, literally.

Nick challenges the dynamics of the brood and teaches them to become more hip, or hip-hop. His tech geek mate Stu (Stuart Rutherford) provides further comedic relief as he educates the seniors on the finer art of Googling.

Viago tugs at our heartstrings as he recounts his love story that brought him out from Europe to New Zealand. You may tear up (in laughter). While comedian and fellow Flight of The Conchords co-star Rhys Darby cameos as a Anton, the top dog of a pack of werewolves known for howling at Viago and his friends.

Artwork and photographs are edited very well into the film, and provide you with a sense of the group’s family album fashion history, and a glimpse into Vlad’s arch-nemesis, The Beast. The cast look so swish with their blood soaked regal attire, and pointy little fangs.

As a lover of the mockumentary, I am struggling to reconcile which I prefer, This Is Spinal Tap, Best In Show or What We Do In The Shadows. All I know is this film I watched barely 48 hours ago is already sneaking its way into my top 10 comedy films of all time!

Jermaine, you made one of the best TV comedies with Flight of The Conchords, your live Conchords show in Melbourne gave me sore cheeks for days**, and now you have stolen the art of the mockumentary from the masters (Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, Rob Reiner, Harry Shearer).

Just a few short hours ago some Canadians awarded the film the Midnight Madness People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival because it is that damn freaking funny.

If I were to sum up the film in one short word that could be quoted on film posters right across the world, it would be ‘hilarious’.

See this wicked film today before someone nefarious bites you.

* If we are to believe the official film website.
** From laughter. I did not get piles from sitting in a chair for 3 hours while you and Bret serenaded The Plenary audience with your lyrical jest.

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About noisynoodle

I am a noisy noodle hailing from Melbourne, Australia who loves listening to noise in all forms, but preferably in music, TV and film. I’ve moonlighted on community radio at SYN-FM many years ago when I was still a “youth”. My mission is to promote live music (get off your bum and see something!), highlight interesting TV shows that are ignored by the ratings, expose some cool films and to not go deaf trying!

2 responses »

  1. Blathering says:

    Saw this yesterday and loved it too! Part of the reason I was interested was because I heard a reviewer on 3RRR mention that Taika Waititi had been involved in Boy. I thought Boy was a beautiful film – totally different genre, a film about a boy and his relationship with his dad. (I recommend it too if you haven’t seen it.) Kudos to the creators and directors for this off-beat comedy! It’s just great to see something so refreshingly FUN! My favourite moment was probably when the police gave the house the once-over and Vlad was interested to hear if they had any more safety pointers.

  2. noisynoodle says:

    I missed seeing Boy (which Taika wrote) earlier in the year when SBS had it on, it looked really cute, so I will definitely give it a watch if you loved it. The safety pointer line was a pisser, but I think I may have wet myself after Nick eats the chip. I can’t wait to watch it again, an instant classic!

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