What We Do in the Shadows
Release year: 2014
Director: Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi
Screenwriters: Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi
Starring: Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi, Johnny Brugh, Cori Gonzalez-Macuer, Stu Rutherford, Ben Fransham, Jackie van Beek
A documentary team films a group of vampire living together in a flat over the course of a couple of months following their hunting and feeding rituals, heartaches and domestic problems.
New Zealand horror comedy is a mockumentary created by the comedy duo behind the the Humourbeasts, Clement (Men in Black 3, 2012) and Waititi (Green Lantern, 2011), and is based on the duo’s short film from 2006. Starring the two directors together with Brugh (How to Meet Girls From a Distance, 2012) and Fransham (30 Days of Night, 2007) the four leads is a great combinations of characters who seem to have only one thing in common: they’re vampires. While Vladislav seems to be inspired by the great Dracula, Petyr is a Nosferatu-like ancient one keeping mostly to himself. Viago has taken on the leadership of the household in is rather uptight and concerned about blood stains while Deacon being the youngest one is the rebel of the bunch. The clashes between the group as they fight over everyday things like doing the dishes and covering the sofa when feeding on it is pure comedic geniality, especially as the actors have an incredibly fine comic timing. If your sense of humour requires silliness there’s a chance you wont enjoy this wonderful sarcastic comedy, which would be a sham for you. For What We do in the Shadows is easily one of the best horror comedies of recent years and a delightful feature that can be watched again and again just to enjoy the weird and witty characters in a movie that deserves to gain cult immortality.
There has been talk of a spin-off with the werewolves of the movie which is still in the making. At first the project went under the title ‘What We Do in the Moonlight’ but it was later changed to ‘We’re Wolves’.