We’re back with another Wolfman’s Lounge approved streaming movie recommendation. This week we’re sending you into the vampire sub-genre of horror. Well, horror comedy is more appropriate. Head on over to Amazon Prime and start streaming What We Do in the Shadows right now! I know, I know…the title sounds like an uppity, sophisticated, British porno, but I assure you it’s one of the funniest riffs on vampires you will ever see. Think “The Office” meets “Interview with the Vampire” and you’ll have a pretty good idea of what to expect.
The basic premise of the film is that a camera crew has been hired to follow around four vampires that live together in a flat. It’s sort of a mockumentary in the style of something “This Is Spinal Tap” where everything is taken completely seriously, but it just so happens to be ridiculous and therefore hilarious. The beauty of the film is that it points out just how utterly silly vampires and the concept of them existing in the real world would actually be.
Each of the four flat mates represents a different stereotypical vampire trope and they cover everything from the modern vampire, to the classic Nosferatu style vampire. The movie completely nails all of this and it actually turns out to be classic vampire film in its own right. Somehow the movie manages to make fun of these vampires, while feeling like it’s paying respects to the genre. I don’t think we’ve seen this mastery of genre comedy since Shaun of the Dead!
Don’t go in expecting much in the way of story or plot. It’s essentially an absurdist take on a character ensemble piece. There are a few moments of gruesome horror that keep this from being a strict comedy, but that just makes the whole thing feel even more authentic. It’s just great.
Perhaps the best thing about the film is that there really isn’t anything else quite like it. The only thing that sort of comes close is the excellent faux documentary Shadow of the Vampire…which you should also check out if you ever get the chance. What We Do in the Shadows was conceived by the duo of the hilarious New Zealand comedy Flight of the Conchords. So expect lots of witty lines of dry dialogue that will make you guffaw with fits of deep belly laughs! The jokes and gags come fast and often. Some land harder than others, but I had a smile on my face for the entire 90 minute runtime. This film is going to become a cult classic, and if you have Amazon Prime you’ll definitely want to check it out. It comes HIGHLY RECOMMENDED by us here at the WML.