What We Do in the Shadows

What We Do in the Shadows

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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What We Do in the Shadows / Reviews

Flicks, Dominic Corry

Flicks, Dominic Corry

Kiwi cinematic comedy comes of age with this winning mockumentary that fuses mass appeal with a wholly uncompromised New Zealand-ness. Beyond the pleasures of the film itself, it projects the idea of a New Zealand comedy community along the lines of the Apatow crew or the SNL gang, which enhances the proceedings to no end.

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Variety

Variety

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

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

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

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

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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