When I first saw this movie, I wasn’t sure what to expect at all. This was one of those times where I saw a list online of “The Best Movies You Haven’t Heard of” or something like that. What We Do in the Shadows always would pop up in that conversation. All I knew was that Jermaine Clement was involved, and since I’m a fan of his Flight of the Concords, figured it was another winner. I was able to avoid all other info before seeing the movie and go in “blind.” I would suggest you do the same, but if you’re curious – the trailer is embedded below.
This movie is in a unique category which I will call “Horror Mocumentary.” It’s seen through the eyes of a camera crew who follows around a group of vampires, trying to live their day-to-day life, in the present time. We’re used to seeing vampires portrayed as confident horror villains, however in this film we see a slightly different approach. Turns out that vampires are actually similar to you and I, and have to deal with the monotonous aspects of life like dishes, chores, and picking outfits to wear for a night on the town. The dry humor and documentary style really make this one of the most unique comedies I’ve ever seen. It’s refreshing to see something so different be so hilarious.
Watch as our not-so-spooky friends interact with humans, and also the rival, equally-repressed werewolves. They’re all just regular folks, who you can’t help but sympathize with… and laugh at. Definitely check this one out if you’re looking for a different type of comedy, that’s a little dark.