This week Michelle and Lane honor the hilarious New Zealand vampire mockumentary What We Do in the Shadows.
Lane: I saw this film for the first time this week and fell in love with its commitment to the joke. What We Do in the Shadows is a 2014 mockumentary about a group of vampire roommate dudes. They go out to the New Zealand clubs at night, bring people home, and kill them. This group of documentary filmmakers (wearing crucifixes, of course) follows the vampires around leading up to the annual vampire convention. The vampire lore and fake documentary footage is realistic which, when juxtaposed with the absurdity of the story, makes the mockumentary 200% more funny. Plus… werewolf rivalry.
Michelle: What We Do In the Shadows originated from a short film that is equally as fantastic and ridiculous as the feature, but misses some of the cinematic value and quality of the shoot. I loved the fraternity like feel from both the werewolves and the vampires, but I truly loved the dynamics between Viago, Vladislav, Deacon, and Petyr. Petyr’s savage like behavior and disdain from engaging with the others reminds me of the “bitter old man” mentality older generations develop over time. Viago is the more down to Earth, responsible on of the vampires, Vlad is the playboy, and Deacon is the rebellious, slightly more progressive of the vampires. Due to the fact that they can’t leave the house during to the day, because sunlight is deadly, they have remained old school in nature and have not adapted to the customs of modern living. It’s brilliant pairing them with other “monsters” at the Masquerade Ball for the undead and attempting to integrate them into the society that exists around them.
Lane: In my opinion, there’s a shift about 3/4 into the film from realistic documentary to absurdist plot that takes away from the humor of the mockumentary. However, the film is definitely worth watching just for its incredible backstory and storytelling.
Michelle: I think the ridiculousness can feel absurd and annoying in a way, but for some reason it works. I do agree with Lane that it strips the film of it’s realistic qualities, and reminds you that this is just a joke. Just a disclaimer, I would 100% watch this documentary if it was real.
The opening song is gold. Here it is.