What We Do in the Shadows (2014)
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Vladislav: Just leave me to do my dark bidding on the internet.
Viago: What are you bidding on?
Vladislav: I'm bidding on a table.
One of the funniest movies I've seen in a long, long time. It deftly riffs on classic horror films and tropes whilst delivering laugh-a-minute comedy through impeccable writing and acting, all the while focusing on characters that you actually care about. The stunts and special effects are understated but nevertheless impressive, and the mockumentary style never gets in the way, as it is prone to do in lesser films, but rather is used masterfully to accent various comedic moments.
My only criticism is that the ending feels rushed, but what matters is that I can't remember the last time I was a part of a cinema audience that laughed uncontrollably this often, and the round of applause that met the final credits could not have been more fitting. This is a deceptively disciplined and intelligent film, and I really hope that it receives the recognition that it deserves.
Fun fact from the post-premiere Q and A with the director: Stuart Rutherford, who plays Stu, is essentially playing himself. He rocked up on set to help with IT issues and was offered a role in the movie that turned out to be more significant than he anticipated. When he's boring everyone stupid with his job description the director told him to simply talk about his real life job.
I don't remember the last time i was so invested in the characters. Fantastic 'mockumentary'. I work at the cinema and I remember no one buying tickets for this movie - they missed out. Highly recommended.
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This movie ranks #17 in iCheckMovies's 2010s Top 100
This movie ranks #37 in IMDb's Horror Top 50
This movie ranks #62 in BBC's The 100 Greatest Comedies of All Time
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This movie ranks #517 in TSZDT's The 1,000 Greatest Horror Films
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