Film of the Day (04/23/19): What We Do In The Shadows

Written and Directed By Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi

Dear God, what an absolute RIOT! This popped up a few times as an Amazon recommendation, so I finally gave it a whirl and I can’t believe nobody told me about this sooner. You don’t have to be a Flight of the Conchords fan to laugh at this, but it certainly doesn’t hurt.

The premise is extremely simple. A documentary film crew is allowed access to a secret vampire society and their various exploits. In exchange for sharing their story with the world, the vampires agree not to murder them and drink their blood. At only 85 minutes, it is a total breeze that doesn’t outstay its welcome and produces genuine laughter the entire time.

The vampires are roommates having usual roommate issues. Bloody dishes piling up, people not holding their weight, murder victims not being cleaned up after. You know, the usual. It’s hard enough getting along with the same core of friends for hundreds of years, but when you add in secret societies, genuinely nice humans named Stu and a pack of extremely polite werewolves (“Remember, we’re not SWEARwolves!”), you’ve stumbled onto the recipe for a hilarious success.

There is no need to go any further. Just seek this out immediately, watch it, and laugh yourself stupid. You’ll be glad you did.

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