“What We Do in the Shadows” is a mockumentary written and directed by Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi. The film stars Clement, Waititi, Jonathan Brugh, Ben Fransham, Cori Gonzalez-Macuer, Stu Rutherford, and Jackie van Beek. It is a parody of reality tv shows focusing on several vampires sharing an apartment in Wellington, New Zealand. This is an incredibly fun film, not only does it poke fun at reality tv, it strikes out at television and movies about vampires. This is not a scary dark film about the undead. It is silly and enjoyable. It is a low budget film so do not dream of big budget CGI effects. The film has its roots in a short film Clement and Waititi made with their 2004’s “What We Do in the Shadows: Interviews with Some Vampires” and this movie spawned two television series, the 2016 “Wellington Paranormal” as well as the 2018 “What We Do in the Shadows”.
The Beer Lover’s Guide To The Movies pairs this film with a “Red Eye”, a beer cocktail made with Schlitz Beer and Tomato Juice. Schlitz is an American Lager with an ABV of 4.6%. It pours a brilliant yellow with a big white head that dissipates quickly. It smells of grain, yeast, and hops. It has the taste of hops and malt with a clean refreshing finish. To make the “Red Eye” you add 4 oz. of Tomato Juice for every 6oz. of Beer. Variations of this call for salt, Tabasco, and a host of other items – think about all the variations of Bloody Mary’s you have ever heard about. I suggest the straightforward version of Beer with Tomato Juice. My mom loved this drink. She loved it on Saint Patty’s Day and anytime she made a Pot Roast (also prepared with Beer and Tomato Juice). This goes with the movie because you can pretend to be a vampire while you watch this movie. The tomato juice is a replacement for real blood (by no means am I suggesting using actual blood). Be a pretend vampire while watching people pretending to be silly vampires.