From first run to midnight cult film in record time! I just saw WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS at the Tivoli in February and now it’s already screening at their ‘Reel Late at The Tivoli’ midnight series. In the 2015 film WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS, we follow the lives of four vampires, Viago, Vladislav, Deacon and Petyr sharing a flat together in a suburb of Wellington, New Zealand. They take pride in showing us around their flat, revealing how they became vampires and occasionally sharing their arguments with their flatmates in front of the camera crew about whose turn it is to wash the dishes. The three who can function much like humans (Petyr in the basement is more of a Nosferatu-style monster of the night) go out every night to nightclubs and parties usually bringing home victims to feast upon. We see that there are more than a few pockets of vampires living within the community, such as two young girls who look 10 and 12 but are really over 100, who come out every evening to “prey on perverts,” by luring them to their doom. Young Nick is amongst those chosen to become the trio’s victims one night. However just as he figures out what’s going on, he tries to escape and ends up being bitten by Petyr, making him a vampire who then follows Viago, Vladislav and Deacon on their nightly activities.
WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS plays out exactly like a vlog or mock-documentary but it’s far from the cheesiness of the found footage genre. There are Interviews, back stories, unexpected events, little cards saying 2 months later as “filming had to be postponed after Nick was bitten.” There is also a sense of realism, if there were vampires out there they make it as real or convincing as possible. There is another community full of werewolves who are all clean and polite and travel in a pack, that get into gang fights with the vampires who cat call them- “Why don’t you go home and lick your balls!” To which the werewolves respond, pointing at the full moon, “Not tonight please, do you know what time it is?!” The special effects are seamless, the blood looks as real as it should, and there are some big laughs between Deacon and his servant, a human named Jackie who is in charge of bringing in new victims because it could reward her with immortality. Deacon constantly promises that he will bite her, but she is still left a human cleaning blood off the floor. See WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS this weekend midnights at The Tivoli and I swear you will laugh so hard your fangs will fall out!
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Here’s the Reel Late at the Tivoli Line-up for the rest of the season:
Oct 16-17 MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL
Oct 23-24 and Oct 31-Nov 1 ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW with live shadow cast with the Samurai Electricians.