Fangs God It’s Friday: Viago

Possibly one of the funniest vampire movies ever made came out in 2014. What We Do in the Shadows delivered a clever spin on what modern vampires would be like. The faux documentary followed a group of vampires living in present day New Zealand. While I loved all of the characters, it’s hard not to find Viago charming.

Taika Waititi as Viago in What We Do in the Shadows

Taika Waititi’s Viago ended up in New Zealand following the love of his unlife, but when he arrives, he’s been beaten to the punch. Another man has married her. The reason? It’s not a simple matter to engage in international travel when you can’t be exposed to sunlight. Having wrestled with the same issue in my latest Gidion Keep novel Gidion’s Blood, I can appreciate just how challenging it can be to get a person across international waters without being exposed to the sun. Sadly, for Viago, part of issue was human incompetence. His mortal servant didn’t make the arrangements correctly, so he ended up in New Zealand much later than originally planned.

What We Do in the Shadows hits on all sorts of hilarious mundane problems for a modern vampire. Even funnier is how they offer a spin on other mythical monsters. I’m not a fan of werewolves, but even I will admit that the bits with the werewolves (not swear-wolves) in this film steal the show. With that in mind, it’s not surprising that a sequel for the film that focuses on the werewolf pack is in the works, and I can’t wait to see it.


About Bill Blume

Bill Blume discovered his love for the written word while in high school and has been writing ever since. His latest book Gidion's Blood is being released on August 11th by Diversion Books. His short stories have been in many fantasy anthologies and various ezines. Just like the father figure in his first novel, Bill works as a 911 dispatcher for Henrico County Police and has done so for more than a decade. He also served as the 2013 chair for James River Writers in Richmond, which produces one of the nation’s best annual conferences for educating and connecting writers.
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