I love vampires but, God almighty, it's getting hard to do anything new with them. It occurs to me the thing I'd love to do most is a vampire novel but I can't think of what I could bring to the table which wouldn't be warmed over Vampire: The Masquerade. Hell, I've even contemplated doing a Young Adult mummy novel because at least that didn't seem completely ripped off but still deal with some of the same themes.
But dammit, vampires are still awesome and I always am open for another example of the genre. In this case, though, I give them extra credit for making it a humorous example which tears the sacred cows (few as they remain) to shreds. It's not a perfect laugh-a-second example of comedy but it approaches that at times with its low budget almost completely irrelevant to its value as a parody.
One might even say satire.
|Viago is something of a messy eater.|
We follow the four, then five, of them during the build-up to the masquerade ball which is the highlight of their year. It's a slice of life comedy which shows how life for the undead goes and all of its foibles. This includes adjusting to their new flatmate in Nick as well as the fact none of them are particularly good at being a vampire. Vlad may be 800 years old but he's still hung up on his ex-girlfriend and refuses to acknowledge he may have (completely) lost his edge.
|It's hard to keep fashion relevant when you're immortal.|
Indeed, the joke of the movie is predicated on the fact the main characters are convinced they're the kind of sexy awesome godlike undead of fiction but are really just four losers living in New Zealand barely able to keep the lights on. The fact they're aware, on some level, this is the case but in active denial is a wonderful source of tension the movie exploits regularly. One of my favorite moments is when they start hassling a group of clean-cut Christian werewolves to show hardcore they are, only to come off like they're in fifth grade.
|Selfies are a problem when you cast no reflection.|
I think part of the problem a lot of vampire movies and media have today is everyone is desperately trying to eliminate every downside to their condition. When you make vampires impossibly smooth awesome sex gods, you remove any reason why anyone but teenage girls would want to read about them. The vampires in this movie are pathetic and there are serious drawbacks to their condition.
|Vlad isn't very good with shape-changing anymore.|
It evokes real-life guilt which rings too true for those who had lost a relative to a deteriorating condition. Then it becomes hilarious again when, after this depressing monologue, Viago asks if that made Nick feel any better. It's another authentic moment where even the most genuine (especially the most genuine) attempts to help are horribly awkward.
We're all vampires in that respect.