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DVD Review: WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS - A Vampire Comedy That Doesn’t Suck - Movies In Focus
What We Do In The Shadows is a a New Zealand comedy written and directed by Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement. The ‘mockumentary’ follows the lives of four vampires: Viago (Waiyiti), Vladislav (Clement), Deacon (Jonathan Brugh) and Petyr (Ben Fransham) who share a home in Wellington. Like a blood sucking This Is Spinal Tap, What We Do In The Shadows takes the well known vampire tropes and mines them for everything they’re worth. Waiyiti and Clement have clearly invested time in taking notes from a multitude of Vampire films from as far back as Nosferatu to the more recent likes of Twilight. They may poke fun at the genre but they treat it with affection, highlighting the obvious and not so obvious genre tropes. Waiyiti and Clement’s film is clever and witty without ever being laugh-out-loud funny. That’s meant in the best possible way. This is played straight enough to make it feel like a tangible film. The ridiculousness comes from the rules that have been set by the many pieces of genre source source material. The practicalities of being a vampire in the modern world are held under the microscope and we get to see how the quartet of blood [...]