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SXSW Review: Vampire Comedy 'What We Do In The Shadows' Draws Blood

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • March 14, 2014 11:00 AM
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What We Do In The Shadows
Vampires are a particularly versatile cinematic creature, easily able to transform and readjust to the scenario or metaphoric requirement. Over the past few years they have shown up on the big screen in a number of guises—sparkly lovelorn teenagers, brooding old world counts, Colin Farrell—but a vampire comedy is a more difficult nut to crack (or vein to drain). In the summer of 2012, not even the combined might of Johnny Depp, Tim Burton, and the "Dark Shadows" television series could make a blood-sucking comedy connect with broad audiences. Thankfully, "What We Do In The Shadows," the new vampire comedy from "Flight of the Conchords" principles Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi, is a refreshing, laugh-out-loud funny picture that is perfectly happy with its somewhat niche appeal. It goes in late, it gets out early, and it's a total hoot.

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