‘What We Do In The Shadows’, a film directed by Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi, draws links between the modern representations of vampires paired with conventional forms of vampire representations. This shift shows the new found moral ambiguity that was not present within more predatory portrayals of the vampire genre. Each of the flatmates represents a former portrayal of vampires within the horror genre. We can see how What We Do In The Shadows is drawing from previous texts to make commentary on the shift within the genre and within society. Earlier representations of vampires were developed in the 18th and 19th century myths of vampires. Some theories believe that these characteristics came from symptoms of disease and the myth of the vampire was used to explain what the technology of the time could not. We still use the tropes and characteristics from these former portrayals but now the motivations of the characters have shifted. Genres and fiction often reflect society. Older content may no longer be relevant to the world around us. The vampire genre in no different as advancements in technology and the blend in cultural beliefs have resulted in a whole new set of issues that don’t relate to that of a 19th century villager.
The purpose of a mockumentary is to make fiction appear as fact. Mockumentaries use the same conventions of documentaries such as archival footage, shots of what appears to be true events and interviews. What We Do In The Shadows parodies the