Friday, November 4, 2016

Day 4 of 365 What We Do in the Shadows

Horror Comedy is a pretty ripe genre that I am surprised doesn't get pursued more often. From Young Frankenstein's parody to Evil Dead's slapstick, there are a lot of ways to make scary movies funny (but not Scary Movie 2, that will never be funny). What We Do in the Shadows is a very pop culture soaked parody of the vampire genre in general. All the flavors of vampire are represented here, from Nosferatu to Francis Ford Coppola's Bram Stoker's Dracula. Most of their fashion sense and sense of humor comes from, seemingly, The Lost Boys (Joel Schumacher's late 80s vampire romp). The found footage gimmick gets a bit of goose as well since a camera crew is documenting the vampires as they prepare for an annual monster party.

Taika Waititi crafted a hilarious little movie here that already has two spin-offs in the works. Jemaine Clement from Flight of the Conchords plays the Coppola version of a vampire and other New Zealand talents fill out the cast. There is some great slapstick bloodshed and some tender moments as Taika's vampire pines for his true love, who has grown old without him. Lots of moving parts here but they all work. If this isn't your sense of humor, I don't want to know you.

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  1. Yeah, this feels like the sort of thing that you had better find funny, friends, heh. I should remember to watch this on Halloween night next year.

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  2. (Seeing this with you on Halloween in NYC was one of my favorite Halloweens ever, by the way.)

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    1. Right, that was an awesome Halloween.

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