Vampire movies tend to concentrate on the stalking and killing of unsuspecting victims . But what do these denizens of the night do in their off-time when they are not drinking blood or sleeping in their coffins?
I just watched “What We Do In The Shadows,” the 2014 self-described “New Zealand vampire” mockumentary that answers these questions in hilarious ways from the creators of “Flight Of The Conchords.”
For example, if vampires famously have to be invited into the homes and businesses of their victims, what happens when they go clubbing? It can be tricky to get a club doorman to actually say the words necessary to gain entry.
These three vampire roommates deal with the day-to-day issues with which we have all wrestled, albeit with macabre twists such as one roommate who keeps leaving human spines laying around for the others to trip over and won’t clean up his bloody dishes.
One of the roommates, Vladislav (the “pervert” who likes orgies) goes on and on ad nauseum about the times he’s battled The Beast, which turns out in the end to just be the derogatory nickname he’s chosen for his hated ex-girlfriend.
There is a scene where our vampire protagonists (and one human IT nerd) are out for a walk and get into a verbal pissing match with a group of passing werewolves in human form who are trying to stop using salty language. (“We’re werewolves, not swearwolves” they keep chanting in unison whenever one of them says “fuck” or “shit.” )
The entire movie is brilliant, but the jokes fly by quickly and often quietly, so I’ll have to watch again to catch all the ones I missed.
How did I not hear about this movie when it was in theatres?
This blog is not about movie reviews, but if you liked “Shaun Of The Dead” you will probably like this one.
Available on Amazon Prime now. It was on Netflix but is available there no more.