What We Do in the Shadows


Directed By: Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi
Starring: Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi, Jonny Brugh, Cori Gonzalez-Macuer, Stu Rutherford, Rhys Darby, Benjamin Fransham, Jackie van Beek, Elena Stejko, et.al.
Rating: R
Grade: B+

A documentary crew follows a group of vampires as they live their daily lives, and attempt to navigate modern life. As they deal with tasks like paying their rent and divvying up chores, they also try to inconspicuous ways to locate victims, and also dispose of them after they’ve been killed, as well as their occasional run-ins with other creatures of the night, like werewolves, witches, and zombies. When one of their victims is accidentally turned into a vampire, they take him in, and are introduced to modern conveniences like wi-fi, dating sites, and Facebook. Their newcomer also brings in new dangers, as he enjoys going around telling people that he’s a vampire.

This movie is honestly more comedy than horror. The documentary/reality-style story telling is a somewhat refreshing take. Each character represents a different iteration of Hollywood vampire, from Nosferatu to Edward Cullen, and you can tell that the various actors are having fun with the material, and they all seem to have decent chemistry with each other. There also seems to be a more realistic take on the way various “mythical” creatures would interact with each other that provides a few of the comedic moments, as does seeing vampires use their “powers” to perform household chores, etc.

The few, if any, special effects used seem to be well done. As the movie takes place almost entirely at night, there is little to no background filler used.

Anyone tired of “serious” creature features and the YA take on them will probably like this movie. There really aren’t any scary moments, and the rating is mostly for blood and language, as well as a couple of scenes with sexual content. It’s an easy enough watch that you don’t necessarily need to pay full attention, though you may miss a visual gag or two. Parents may want to watch this before letting young children see it.

What We Do in the Shadows is currently only available free to stream if you have Hulu+, but it can be rented through Redbox or Netflix home delivery, or purchased at any participating store or on-line retailer.
I’m always looking for new things to watch/read, so if you have a suggestion for me, just let me know!