Scrolling through Netflix there are a variety of films in the ‘horror’ genre, the majority of which are most likely to be unheard of by the average viewer. Being too lazy to wildy click X on the pop up adds that occur when watching a film online, I tend to make do with whatever I can find on either Netflix or Amazon Prime or any other streaming site I have signed up to that month.
‘What We Do In The Shadows’ is one of the more interesting and innovating films of its kind, exploring the ‘horror/comedy’ genre in a way that is both intriguing and well developed. Using a faux documentary style approach, the plot of the film revolves around a camera crew that has been invited into the lives of four vampires sharing a flat together. At first, the premise sounds too comedic, if not a little ridiculous, but as the film progresses the over the top antics and almost childlike way the characters compose themselves becomes endearing, rather than annoying.
Clearly not taking itself too seriously, the actors seem to have fun with their roles, showing the struggles of aged vampires in modern society.
With a feel and tone similar to that of ‘Only Lovers Left Alive’ (another vampiric film featuring Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston), colours of dark reds, browns and faded greens are used throughout, giving a dull background atmostphere which contrasts entirely to the lighthearded and practically jovial attitude the characters portray.
Altogether a fun movie that brought out a few chuckles, it’s worth a watch if you’re looking for something less than serious. The premise could have also worked well being a tv series, but is just as good the way it is.