Disclaimer: Please note that the pictures and description of Harriet and Paul are meant to be taken tongue-in-cheek. They came to film night directly from a matinee performance of a benefit lip sync show where they depicted Ian and Sylvia. Remember them? The red hair is a cheap wig I brought home from the states for Harriet, but she looks so good in it, we all think she should wear it for real.
Bloody Good Time Had by Local Film Group
A showing of the mocumentary “What We Do in the Shadows” was a resounding success at a film night hosted by Judy Dykstra-Brown in the Raquet Club, San Juan Cosala, Jalisco, Mexico. This hilarious send-up of vampire movies records the misadventures of four vampire roommates whose ages bridge the years from 3,000 years to a modern day youth’s rendition of vampirism. Clement and Waititi, creators of the HBO series “Flight of the Conchords” wrote, directed and starred in this spoof of vampire movies from Nosferatu to Twilight. The Critics Consensus on Rotten Tomatoes stated that, “What We Do in the Shadows is bloody good fun,” and went on to say that it is “smarter, fresher, and funnier than a modern vampire movie has any right to be.”
The film, which scored a whopping 96% approval rating on the tomatometer, and won top honors in its category in film festivals around the world, depicts the lives and tribulations of the four New Zealand flatmates trying to fit into the modern world––from their 6 pm rising through their squabbling over household chores, their harassment and rumbles with a local werewolf gang hiding out in the park, the pining of one still-youthful vampire protagonist as he stands under the second floor window of his lost non-vampire love, now in her eighties and living in a retirement home, to their arguments concerning bloodstains on the rug and sofa:
“Just put down newspapers!”
“Vampires don’t put down newspapers.”
“Well, what do you think people think when I bring them home and the house is so disorderly? It’s embarrassing!”
“You bring them home to kill them!!!”
At the end of another fine film evening, guests were entertained with a version of the Rolling Stones’ hit song “Let it Bleed” by Harriet and Paul Hart. Ms. Hart, a long-time resident of Ajijic, is a former groupie and present chairman of the Mexican Rolling Stones fan club. In retirement, Mr. Hart, a former deputy minister in charge of human resources for the province of Manitoba, is now a cowboy wannabe.
For scenes and out takes that you’l have to watch more than once, go HERE.
(For further commentary and a trailer of this not-to-be-missed film, go HERE.)
The Prompt: Ripped into the Headline–Write about something that happened over the weekend as though it’s the top story on your local paper.