• 4.5/5

I have a huge comedy crush on director Taika Waititi at this point. I am deliriously happy that he is directing Thor Ragnarok. I adored his Sundance film Hunt for the Wilderpeople, one of my top 10 films of the year. Hunt for the Wilderpeople is now on Amazon for rental or free with Amazon Prime. I realized this weekend that his earlier film What We Do In The Shadows is also on Amazon Prime. I started laughing in the opening credits with the cheesy skipping scratchy New Zealand documentary board logo for this mockumentary. Taika co-wrote What We Do In The Shadows with co-star Jemaine Clement (known for The Flying Conchords on HBO and voice work in the recent Moana). Taika made a short film first (available on Youtube here), and then premiered the feature film at Sundance in 2014. Taika stars as the fussy 379 year old vampire Viago. Clement is the 862 year old Vladislav, and they share their Wellington, New Zealand flat with two other vampires, the relatively young vampire Deacon (Jonathan Brugh), aged 183 and the ancient vampire Petyr. Full review: https://moviemavengal.com/2017/03/06/i-loved-taika-waititis-brilliant-vampire-mockumentary-what-we-do-in-the-shadows/

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