Interviews with the Vampires: A quick review of What We Do in the Shadows

What We Do in the Shadows (2014)

What We Do in the Shadows (2014)

A spook mockumenatry about vampires. I’m sold before you have to say anything else. I’ve never watched the oeurve of the cast and creators, Flight of the Concords mainly, but that doesn’t matter. Mockumentary about vampires is all you need to sell me on this film.

I wanted to see this film from the trailers, and it took me a while to catch it, until Netflix put it up, but now I can say that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this bizarre, but brilliant film.

It’s a film like This is Spinal Tap that will make you laugh a lot, and only aims to do that. There’s no real connection to the characters or complex story lines to explore, simply just a platform to provide zany and laugh out loud jokes, all whilst adhering to the Documentary format.

It is, however, slightly creepy. At the beginning, when we first meet the Nosferatu alike vampire Petyr, we discover him in his dark basement, where he screeches when the light is shone on him. It’s a genuinely unsettling image, no matter how humorous the film is.

The cast and characters are all well drawn, the set and costume design is well suited, and the vampire lore is well written and sticks to classic Vampire mythology. The scenes in which the vampires encounter a group of Werewolves, also cleverly subverts and adheres to Werewolf mythology, and provides some of the films best scenes.

The music choices are also fun and fitting.

Overall it’s a film that you’ll laugh a lot at, and enjoy with your brain resting. Go catch it on Netflix now.

Rating: A-  9/10


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