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Not like any horror movie I have ever seen. Horror fans must watch!
I have always been a fan of horror movies. Even as a small child I would sneak into the living room, and peer from behind the couch at the Freddie movie that the adults were watching. I still really enjoy all of the old 80s horror movies with the infamous larger- than-life serial killer.
As an adult I also became a fan of mockumentaries. This is Spinal Tap, and Best in Show both brought to life the genius of Christopher Guest and introduced the world to documentaries gone mad. As a genre, it is typically only comedies that it showfronts.
This movie merges the two genres but not in the way they'd have you believe. The movie begins with an interview between a very green newb journalist who seems to be doing a college project of some sorts. She wants to interview Leslie Vernon who believes himself the new Jason Voorhees, the new Freddie Kruger. As interesting interview subjects go, you can't really tell as the viewer if this guy is just a giant douche bag, or if they are just poking fun at the movie serial killer genre as a whole. Are we meant to take him seriously as he describes how to stalk and get-to-know his newest obsession, his proposed subject?
Then something amazing happens. After his description of how to be a killer, the movie shifts entirely. Enter music, effects, dramatic acting, and all things you would expect from a horror movie. The movie, which was a shaky-cam low budget documentary, becomes a horror movie – if only for a scene while his plan (previously described to you in detail) sets into action.
And this is how the movie plays out. We cut from documentary style to horror movie and back and forth until his movie and story are told. Its akin to watching a horror movie DVD special edition – if all the behind the scenes were cut into the film itself.
Its not something I have ever seen before or since. And it was worth every single minute.
What We Do in the Shadows (2014)
This restores my hopes for the vampire genre.
This movie is perfect. If you enjoy horror and the macabre, but are also tired of the weird pop- culture argument between the Gothic vs sparkly vampires, then you will really enjoy this. It takes the mockumentary genre to a different extreme where vampires room together in the real world and try to make connections and friends just as we all do. It shows the daily struggle of four vampire friends who have found themselves rooming in a flat together and their daily activities. They also have the familiar werewolf enemies, done in their own amazing mocking way. The best part is that, although this movie is clearly a comedy mocking the vampire movies which have come before, it doesn't lack story, and still pays particular attention to the makeup and effects. It reminds me of Shaun of the Dead in that way.
Recommended for any fan of vampires, comedies, and fringe-movies.
This one really thinks outside the coffin.