What We Do In The Shadows is basically a bunch of New Zealanders bagging the crap out of modern vampire films... and it works. It is a mockumentary that follows the story of four vampires, all living as flatmates together. After they accidentally turn Nick (Cori Gonzalez-Macuer) into a vampire, they're forced to take him under their wing. His transformation, however, causes a few more problems than they initially thought.
What We Do In The Shadows is an absolute blast. The film could almost be classified as a parody of the vampire genre, in fact it essentially is a parody of the vampire genre. It takes all the clichés or reoccurring aspects of modern horror and completely turns them around, creating one hell of a movie. A highlight of the movie was even when one of the characters jokes about how when you become a vampire, you become sexier. Primarily because of its witty humour and genre twists, What We Do In the Shadows easily ranks highly among many modern vampire movies.
The film's cast manage to hold this film together quite successfully. The three leads; Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi and Jonathan Brugh, all have brilliant, if not frightening chemistry. They appear sweet and innocent, prowling the streets of New Zealand in an attempt to fit in, but then go on to use mind tricks to bring in several innocent virgins onto their newly red couch so that they can feast on their blood. Yes, we root for these characters, and willingly too. Nearing the end of the first act, we're introduced to Nick. This is when the cracks appear in the vampire trio's relationships. The comedy levels remain the same, but the drama levels shockingly increase. The film becomes meaningful. That phrase overstates the film, if I'm perfectly honest. It's really just a bunch of intelligently dumb fun.
The film, although simple, tends to wander off. The film, unfortunately, struggles to fill up its runtime, but that is its only real flaw. It tries so hard to, as well. The film occasionally begins to drift away, adding in more and more subplots as it goes along. These sub-plots, although mostly irrelevant, managed to be worthwhile as they didn't fail to entertain. There really wasn't that many jokes that fell flat. As a fan of vampire films, or the genre of horror in general, I had a very good time with this movie and couldn't have cared less about what plot went where. It can be a mess, but I'm happy to say that it's a good mess.
To sum up, What We Do In The Shadows is an absolute blast. The film takes all modern horror clichés and completely bags the crap out of them, making for one of the most original, meaningful and always hilarious vampire films ever.