Story image

DVD Review – What we do in the Shadows

20 Mar 2015

Unless you have been living under a rock for the last few years you would have noticed the vampire movie scene has been dominated by the slightly nauseating teen-angst world of Twilight. So how refreshing that a funny, local movie provides us with a vampire breath of fresh air, plus a lot of laugher and great one liners.  

Giants on the local talent stage Jermaine Clement and Taika Waititi have written and directed a fantastic mockumentary, What We Do in the Shadows. In it a camera crew documents the lives of a group of vampires living as flatmates in Wellington. Like any creatures co-inhabiting there are flat-meetings to discuss household chores, grumblings about who is leaving blood on the furniture and supportive advice on what to wear for a night on the town.  In typical reality show style our vampire friends show us both the positives and negatives of living in the capital city – that also happens to be inhabited by zombies, witches and smelly, hairy werewolves (who are certainly not swear-wolves).  

The mockumentary also includes the famed annual masquerade ball, where the vampires encounter The Beast, and their one human friend Stu has an unfortunate rendevous with furry creatures that howl at the moon. 

Filmed around Wellington, there are plenty of familiar sites and familiar faces as well-known Kiwi actors put on an appearance. This includes Rhys Darby as the alpha-male of the werewolf gang.  Special mention has to go to Ethel Robinson, the love interest of Taika’s character “Viago”.  Her first acting gig at the young age of 98, and she is just gorgeous! There is a wonderful blend of New Zealand humour mixed with jokes that an overseas audience would appreciate, and the stunts – whilst not high-budget affairs – are amusing and add to the comedy of the film.  

The DVD is packed with extras including deleted scenes and a behind-the-scenes look at the making of What We Do in the Shadows. Go out and buy a copy, embrace one of the best movies New Zealand has produced in quite some time, and if you go out in Wellington keep an eye out for anyone who looks fascinated by your neck! 

Rating: 5/5                                                                                                                                                                                                        

NZ ISPs issue open letter to social media giants to discuss censorship
Content sharing platforms have a duty of care to proactively monitor for harmful content, act expeditiously to remove content which is flagged to them as illegal.
Partnership brings AI maths tutor to NZ schools
“AMY can understand why students make a mistake, and then teach them what they need straight away so they don't get stuck."
Unencrypted Gearbest database leaves over 1.5mil shoppers’ records exposed
Depending on the countries and information requirements, the data could give hackers access to online government portals, banking apps, and health insurance records.
Mozilla launches Firefox Send, an encrypted file transfer service
Mozille Firefox has launched a free encrypted file transfer service that allows people to securely share files from any web browser – not just Firefox.
Online attackers abusing Kiwis' generosity in wake of Chch tragedy
It doesn’t take some people long to abuse people’s kindness and generosity in a time of mourning.
Apple launches revamped iPad Air & iPad mini
Apple loves tinkering with its existing product lines and coming up with new ways to make things more powerful – and both the iPad Air and iPad mini seem to be no exception.
Epson innovations and Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport
The world’s greatest motorsport event, the Formula One Grand Prix World Championship, descended on Melbourne’s Albert Park over the weekend for the first race of the 2019 season.
Tesla unveils the Model Y SUV
After much anticipation, Tesla unveiled the Model Y last week – a vehicle that is described as an all-electric, mid-size SUV that can seat seven adults – and the vehicle has a glass roof.