What We Do In The Shadows ****

“What We Do In The Shadows” is the funniest and most original comedy I have seen in a while. Made from the creators of the brilliant show “Flight Of The Choncords”, this hilarious and gore filled horror comedy really caught me by surprise.

If you have ever seen shows like “The Office” or “Parks and Rec” then right away you will be familiar with the setup of this movie. It is told from the point of view of a documentary crew as they follow around their subjects, stopping for side interviews here and there. The catch is that they are observing a group of vampires living in New Zealand played by Jermaine Clement, Taika Waititi, and Johnathan Brugh.

I can tell you that these vampires have been living together as roommates for too long. They have lived in the same house for centuries in fact. The film opens with a house meeting as they argue over cleaning dishes and general housekeeping. This sets the tone for a hilariously original flick. I think what I loved the most is how their Vampire powers always pop out unexpectadly such as abilities to fly as well as hyptnotize people. Such things come in handy when the police show up unexpectadly to investigate a disturbance.

I think I laughed the loudest when I one of the characters preps his victim by placing newspapers on the floor around them to minimize the mess. This becomes pointless when the goofy killer accidently hits an artery and it sprays out like a lawn sprinkler.

We also meet other creatures of the night when the vampires run in to a pack of insecure Werewolves lead by the always funny Rhys Darby. He tries to keep his pack as civil as possible by avoiding swearing and chaining them all to trees when the full moon is out.

“What We Do In The Shadows” is a film that you will probably have to look hard to find. It seems like it is destined to find it’s audience on the home front as oppposed to in theatres. Either way I hope it finds great success as it is truly hilarious and is also a damn good horror film. It does not hold back on the gore or violence which has been lost during this whole vampire craze.

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