|WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS (director/writer: Jemaine Clement/Taika Waititi; cinematographers: Richard Bluck/D.J. Stipsen; editors: Tom Eagles/Yana Gorskaya/Jonathan Woodford-Robinson; music: Plan 9; cast: Jonathan Brugh (Deacon), Taika Waititi (Viago), Jemaine Clement (Vladislav), Cori Gonzalez-Macuer (Nick), Stuart Rutherford (Stu), Ben Fransham (Petyr), Jackie Van Beck (Jackie); Runtime: 86; MPAA Rating: NR; producers: Taika Waititi /Chelsea Winstanley/Emanuel Michael; Paladin Pictures; 2014)|
thin-blooded comic vampire tale, made as a
by Dennis Schwartz
comic vampire tale, made as a mock documentary.
It's co-directed, co-written and co-stars Jemaine
Clement and Taika Waititi.
A vampire genre film, seemingly for those who want
such films to be silly. I found it anemic and
strained. I like my vampire pics to at least make an
effort to play such nonsense straight. Waititi and
Clement are co-stars of HBO’s “Flight of
in modern-day Wellington, New Zealand.
Wellington, four vampires live together in a house.
The killer foursome has Viago (Taika
Waititi) as an 18th century fussy
dandy and Vlad (Jemaine Clement)
as an 862 year-old amiable orgy-and-torture
bloodsucker. Their place is shared by the
183 year-old Deacon (Jonathan
Brugh) and the
8,000-year-old Petyr (Ben Fransham).
comes from such things as
household bickering and mock-newsreel footage
revealing Viago’s Nazi past. The
twentysomething Nick (Cori Gonzalez-Macuer) after
bitten by Petyr hangs around the house with the
undead boys while annoyingly bragging he’s the
next Nosferatu. The
young human Jackie (Jackie Van Beek) is brought
to the house on the promise of future
immortality, as she's used to lure men vics and
clean the bloody dishes.
There are all sorts of other desperate skits trying to inject humor into this witless pic on vampire lore, but aside from the effective special effects I found things more dead than undead.
REVIEWED ON 1/2/2016 GRADE: C+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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