The highest compliment to pay "What We Do in the Shadows," a mockumentary about vampire roommates in modern day New Zealand, is to note that it's one of the best Christopher Guest movies that Guest never made.
Written, directed by and starring Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi, a big chunk of the brain trust behind "Flight of the Conchords," the movie is a fun and witty satire that imagines a world in which vampires remain every bit as insecure as the mortals they eye for feedings.
The film finds undead pals Vladislav (Clement), Viago (Waititi) and Deacon (Jonathan Brugh) sharing a decaying house where they're awoken from slumber by an alarm clock at sundown, mournfully watch the sun rise on computers and salivate over trips into town to go clubbing, but only if they're invited inside.
The humor derives from the loneliness that is fundamental to the vampire's existence. The filmmakers justify the presence of the documentary crew and the frequent fourth-wall shattering by stressing the fact that these guys want nothing more than some companionship.
They're so eager to let the on-screen documentarians into their world that they haven't given a sufficient degree of thought to the potential consequences. They're not technically humans anymore, but they haven't lost their humanity.
Directed by Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi
Starring Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi, Jonathan Brugh
Playing @ Landmark Sunshine Cinema