They were told that their mission, if they chose to accept it was to capture an intimate insiders viewpoint of the workings of this strange group of individuals. They were guaranteed safety for themselves and their film crew as long as they were to abide by a few simple rules. Rule one: All crew members must wear crucifixes at all times. Rule two: Crew members were not to consume pizza, pasta or other garlic based products immediately before filming. Rule three: No virgins. All crew members must disclose their sexual history. Rule Four: Any crew member with open cuts or abrasions, must stay away from work until said abrasion has healed.
Understandably Waititi and Clement were apprehensive about entering the lair of four Wellingtonian vampire flatmates, though being the professional documentary makers that they are, they persevered and most importantly they survived! Thus, What We Do In The Shadows mas made. And aren't we lucky it was!
What We Do In The Shadows tells the story of four flatmates who live in Miramar, Wellington. They are normal flatmates. They do the usual stuff that most flatmates do. Namely they argue over house work, they go clubbing and they prepare meals. It just so happens that these four guys are also vampires who feed off of human blood, so when they argue over chores it's more along the lines of "who spilled ze blood all oveur ze living room carpet?!"
Let me introduce you to the team: First up we have Viago (Waititi), the middle child. He's sweet and earnest and even though he is a foul murderous blood sucker, he is really quite endearing. I have a soft spot for Viago. He's like a tiny vampire puppy that you want to cuddle. Next up is Vladislav (Clement), he's more stern and menacing than dear Viago but he's had a tumultuous past 800 years, which he is still recovering from, so he can be forgiven for his austere nature. Finally the youngest, Deacon (Johnny Brugh), the "sexy vampire", he's only around 150 years old so he's really still the baby of the group. Or he is until the trios' fourth flatmate, 8000 year old Petyr, turns 20 something-year-old Nick, into a new vampire. As Petyr is more Nosferatu than man these days, Viago, Vladislav and Deacon must take it upon themselves to teach young Nick the ropes of immortal life. In turn though Nick and his human buddy Stu (a web developer) teach the vamps all about life in this new modern world.
All performances were so clever and natural that it is very hard to pinpoint any stand out players, though as well as the three leads, I have to mention the fab work of Jackie Van-Beek as Jackie, Deacon's human servant. Her dry and nonchalant delivery is just hilarious. And who could forget to mention the fatherly werewolf pack leader played by Rhys Darby.
What We Do In The Shadows is one of the best mockumentaries I have ever seen. Entertaining from start to finish, a hilarious concept that just gets funnier as the story progresses. And dare I say good enough to kick Sacha Baron-Cohen off his pedestal as mockumentary king. That's right, it's far better than Borat.
Five fangs out of a possible five.
Go see it. And see it at the cinema for full comic effect.