Review: What We Do In The Shadows (2014)

what we do in the shadows poster

“Yeah some of our clothes are from victims. You might bite someone and then, you think, ‘Oooh, those are some nice pants!’.”
– Viago

SYNOPSIS: Viago, Deacon, and Vladislav are vampires who are finding that modern life has them struggling with the mundane – like paying rent, keeping up with the chore wheel, trying to get into nightclubs, and overcoming flatmate conflicts. – via IMDB

what we do in the shadows

I have been meaning to get to this for so long, and finally I got the opportunity. You know what? I had such a good time with this movie! It was hilarious. Wow. I cannot tell you how much fun my fiancé and I had watching this. We popped it in, had no real expectations, and promptly started laughing and it continued in that fashion for the next hour and a half.

The vampires we are introduced to, Vladislav, Viago, Petyr, and Deacon, are just mad. Arguing about dishes that haven’t been washed in years, all tiptoeing around Nosferatu lookalike Petyr, arguing as to what it means to be a vampire, the mundane lives they are living, this all came together well. The fact that this was shot in a mockumentary style, which is something that I was a little wary about because it is usually something that filmmakers try and fail dismally at. However, it was it he perfect medium to tell the story. Imagine these centuries-old vampires living together in a flat, from all sorts of avenues of life, and now together in New Zealand for their different reasons. New Zealand has been doing a really great job with the horror comedy genre recently, I have to say.

Anyway, Nick was a character that came in and I liked, but let’s face it, we all still liked Stu more for some absurd reason. The werewolves with their classic line on being “werewolves, not swearwolves” had me in stitches every single time they said it, and the interactions between the vampires and werewolves was highly entertaining. The play that was made on vampires today and what we know was done very well, and I found the movie to be really witty and balancing just enough cheese and lunacy in it to be wonderful.

werewolves not swearwolves

What We Do In The Shadows is a comedy that is smarter than most will probably give it credit for, and is infintely quotable. In a day and age where vampires have been overdone and made to be superbly ridiculous, this is such a refreshing watch which I highly recommend.

28 thoughts on “Review: What We Do In The Shadows (2014)

    1. PSC, you might… you liked Housebound, and this has that same type of tongue-in-cheek humour. I mean just picture it, vampires having a documentary shot on their mundane lives. I was interested in this, but didn’t think I would sincerely love it the way that I did. I was pleasantly surprised and even watched it twice in a week!

      So, this could go both ways. It isn’t obnoxious and doesn’t try so hard, and you might enjoy some of the cheesy humour.

      Give it a shot! Ryan also loved it! And your Mistress!

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  1. This is such a solid movie, and a very good review. As I wrote in my review; “I know the poster has emphasised the word ‘hilarious’ being used in a lot of it’s positive reviews, and it led me to be a bit skeptical as it is such an over-used word. But I can now confidently say that I echo those reviews – hilarious is entirely appropriate for this film, and worthy of being on many end of year lists.”

    I saw you used the word too… there really is no other way to describe it.


  2. Excellent review Zoe, if I hadn’t seen this already your infectious enthusiasm would have me reaching for the DVD in seconds! In fact….I already want to watch this again now!!!!!

    I love the picture you used, the first one, that’s brilliant! Jemaine Clement!! He just makes me laugh so much 🙂

    I LOVED the bit with the werewolf gang, like they were rival ghetto gangs or something! “don’t catch fleas” – “what did you say?”

    Hilarious how everyone loved Stu as well, I agree! Everyone hated the new vampire and loved Stu instead!!!!!!

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    1. Thanking you kindly, dear Emma!

      You see?! This movie!

      I loved the lines… the sandwich, the dark bidding, everything. It’s like… perfect hahahaha.

      Oh those little gang wars were so funny. They were like so cheesy, and they are all getting super offended xD

      Ah man, Stu was the best!

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      1. Stu! The man, the myth, the legend!

        I thought it was funny how the werewolves were complete outcasts too and not invited to that annual ball!

        It’s on Netflix…it’s not very long….I’m so tempted to watch it tonight!!! Lol 🙂

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