What We Do in the Shadows

What We Do in the Shadows

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What We Do in the Shadows

Taika Waititi (Boy) and Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords) are the writers, directors and stars of this vampire mockumentary. Unearthing a secret, supernatural society, otherwise known as a bunch of vampire flatmates in Wellington, the film introduces a world where friendship and camaraderie are just as important as feasting upon the flesh of mortals. Based on Waititi and Clement's 2006 short film of the same name.

"Consider the living quarters of vampires, and stodgy old castles in Transylvania may come to mind. But these aren’t your typical bloodsuckers. Viago (379 years old), Deacon (183 years old), Vladislav (862 years old), and Peter (8,000 years old) have chosen to share a flat in Wellington, New Zealand. Unfortunately for them, it’s hard to make new friends due to their constant thirst for blood. Without any mortal chums left to invite them in to all of the hip establishments around town, they’ve lost touch with the current social scene. Can these creatures of the night put aside their differences as roommates and adapt to modern society?" (Sundance Film Festival)

People's Choice Midnight Madness Award winner, Toronto International Film Festival 2014
2014Rating: R13, Violence and offensive language86 minsNew Zealand, USA
ComedyHorror
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Quite a disappointment !

Just like Rhys Darby (who appropriately plays the alpha werewolf), the movie just tries to hard to be funny, and mostly fails. 9 years in the making to deliver that ... seriously ?! I admit I only saw the film recently after hearing many, many (too many) rave reviews, so I obviously had very high expectations, and they definitely were not met. I did laugh a...

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Funny

This isn't a film where you will die laughing but you will be smiling from ear to ear. Taika is so darn cute in this and Jermaine is his usual HAWT self. Classic kiwi comedy. The story could have done with a bit more work, nothing really happens, it's more of a character study.

4.0
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Bloody good

I was amused by this film from start to finish but I only laughed out loud once. It was sort of like watching a group of friends you really like get drunk and tell funny stories. Really amusing.

4.0
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Hilarious indeed!

SO funny! I Love love love the movie! :D

5.0
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HIlarious!

My sister and I loved this film. It was different, but enjoyable. Everyone om the cinema was laughing at the same time, which was hilarious!!!

5.0
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First Rate

Short and sweet : I thought it was my fabulous. And my wife, who HATES generic vampire/werewolf/.zombie flicks, thought it was the best laugh she'd had at a movie since Death at a Funeral (the British one).

5.0
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Absolutely Brilliant

As soon as this began I began chuckling. It was funny throughout and even made the more gruesome sections funny. Was the perfect style of comedy that I love with awkward pauses and just crazy situations dealt with in a manner that was like it happens all the time.

5.0
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classic Kiwi comedy

loved this movie. Many laugh out loud moments. want to see it again. Support the NZ film industry.

5.0
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‘Bloody Great’ Seems Appropriate For This Quirky Kiwi Comedy

If a vampire has been known to sleep for 2 years, then it must do a lot for their looks as this hibernation period between the filming of director Taika Waititi’s latest film What We Do In The Shadows and it’s release has brought us another delightful Kiwi-flick that is blood-suckingly good and deserves all the acclaim it has been receiving. Starring the...

4.0
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Variety

Variety

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Some genre fans who prefer the silly to the satiric may bite, but the anemic pic isn't remotely weird or witty enough for cult immortality.

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Screen Daily

Screen Daily

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While unlikely to appeal to a general audience, this is a cinch for Conchords fans, documentary buffs, horror movie nuts, and all lovers of daffy, issues-free humour.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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A very funny Kiwi take on vampire lore and its application to the modern world... Ace writing and comic performances ensure love from the geek sector.

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FilmInk

FilmInk

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The biggest criticism is that it's so unrelentingly funny that you'll miss half the jokes through laughing.

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Film Threat

Film Threat

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It shouldn't work as well as it does, but funny is funny, and this one had me cracking up often...

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Variety

Variety

press

Some genre fans who prefer the silly to the satiric may bite, but the anemic pic isn't remotely weird or witty enough for cult immortality.

0
Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

While unlikely to appeal to a general audience, this is a cinch for Conchords fans, documentary buffs, horror movie nuts, and all lovers of daffy, issues-free humour.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A very funny Kiwi take on vampire lore and its application to the modern world... Ace writing and comic performances ensure love from the geek sector.

0
FilmInk

FilmInk

press

The biggest criticism is that it's so unrelentingly funny that you'll miss half the jokes through laughing.

0
Film Threat

Film Threat

press

It shouldn't work as well as it does, but funny is funny, and this one had me cracking up often...

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Quite a disappointment !

Just like Rhys Darby (who appropriately plays the alpha werewolf), the movie just tries to hard to be funny, and mostly fails. 9 years in the making to deliver that ... seriously ?! I admit I only saw the film recently after hearing many, many (too many) rave reviews, so I obviously had very high expectations, and they definitely were not met. I did laugh...

0

Funny

This isn't a film where you will die laughing but you will be smiling from ear to ear. Taika is so darn cute in this and Jermaine is his usual HAWT self. Classic kiwi comedy. The story could have done with a bit more work, nothing really happens, it's more of a character study.

4.0
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Bloody good

I was amused by this film from start to finish but I only laughed out loud once. It was sort of like watching a group of friends you really like get drunk and tell funny stories. Really amusing.

4.0
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Hilarious indeed!

SO funny! I Love love love the movie! :D

5.0
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HIlarious!

My sister and I loved this film. It was different, but enjoyable. Everyone om the cinema was laughing at the same time, which was hilarious!!!

5.0
0

First Rate

Short and sweet : I thought it was my fabulous. And my wife, who HATES generic vampire/werewolf/.zombie flicks, thought it was the best laugh she'd had at a movie since Death at a Funeral (the British one).

5.0
0

Absolutely Brilliant

As soon as this began I began chuckling. It was funny throughout and even made the more gruesome sections funny. Was the perfect style of comedy that I love with awkward pauses and just crazy situations dealt with in a manner that was like it happens all the time.

5.0
0

classic Kiwi comedy

loved this movie. Many laugh out loud moments. want to see it again. Support the NZ film industry.

5.0
0

‘Bloody Great’ Seems Appropriate For This Quirky Kiwi Comedy

If a vampire has been known to sleep for 2 years, then it must do a lot for their looks as this hibernation period between the filming of director Taika Waititi’s latest film What We Do In The Shadows and it’s release has brought us another delightful Kiwi-flick that is blood-suckingly good and deserves all the acclaim it has been receiving. Starring the...

4.0
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