From the bloody Kiwis that brought us ‘Flight of the Conchords’ comes one of the best mockumentary features of the past decade. What We Do in the Shadows follows four ageing and out of touch vampires, and their resident familiars, and documents their rivalry with werewolves, their distaste within the undead community and their struggle to fit into modern New Zealand.
At times What We Do in the Shadows does feel like and elongated comedy sketch squelched for all its wealth but it survives due to perfectly placed belly bursting one-liners, sight gags and terrific performances.
Sure there is an odd pop at Blade, nuns and Twilight but it has fun with vampire tropes and does something refreshing; it appears unique. It takes all we know about vampires and instead of flipping them; it simply presents them in a new and exciting way.
From bat fights to shape shifting to floating karate and hypnosis, What We Do in the Shadows is hilarious and infinitely better than the substantial torrent of toilet humour subjected to us by the fat cats in Hollywood.
Admittedly it is too long for the stone cold dry comedy it wants to be but it is hilarious and a damn sight better and, at some points, scarier that Dracula Untold wanted to be and ended up being.
What We Do in the Shadows revels in its low budget and emerges from the cold coffin of vampirism to bite our funny bone and remains a constant hoot throughout.
Score – B