What We Do In The Shadows: Review “Dead But Delicious”
Posted on November 19, 2014
What are vampires really like and is there a place for them in the modern world? In 2013 a film crew were given access to a secret society and are able to answer that very question…
This mockumentary comes from the creators of television series Flight Of The Conchords and it shares the same kind of zany comedy. Deacon (Jonathan Brugh) is an eighteenth century dandy in a house share with fellow vampires Viago (Taika Waititi), Vladislav (Jemaine Clement) and creepy 8,000 year old blood-sucker Petyr (Ben Fransham).
“The best mockumentary since Troll Hunter”
The priceless gags centre on age-old vampire myths and see the undead posse grapple with their outdated ‘cool’. There’s a terrific moment when the gang stumble from bar to bar begging for an invitation. Their vampire histories (told in folk-story style, accompanied by sinister ink drawings, like pages torn from an antiquarian tome) are steeped in lore too. It’s a neat riposte to The Twilight Saga’s modern, polished vampires and there’s even a neurotic pack of testosterone fueled werewolves blended into the mix. But What We Do In The Shadows is more Troll Hunter than Vampires Suck.
Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi’s film is hilariously self aware. Swooshing their capes around nightclubs the blood-suckers look like an eccentric stag do and no-one takes them seriously. In true documentary style, Clement and Waititi get under their skin revealing a sensitive, human side as the dark beings wrestle with the day to day grind of washing dishes, preparing meals (victims) and trying to be cooler than they are. Considering they’re members of the evil undead, the housemates have more than a little love in their cold, motionless hearts.
While the story gets a little lost towards the middle, Clement and Waititi resuscitate it with a low budget, large scale finale that, with much creativity and a lot of laughter, proves the vampire genre is certainly not dead.
VERDICT: ✭ ✭ ✭ ✭ 4/5
Running Time : 86 minutes
UK Release Date: 21 November 2014