What We Do in the Shadows

What We Do in the Shadows

Jemaine Clement (2014)

81min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
This delightfully deadpan spoof about a ragtag bunch of Kiwi vampires breathes new life into the mockumentary format. It's co-directed by Taika Waititi and Flight of the Conchords star Jemaine Clement, who also appear as the dandyish Viago and the rampant Vladislav, respectively. A documentary film crew follows the pair, along with their undead housemates, as they argue about the washing-up, hit the clubs, and suck the life from virgins (but try to remember to put a towel down first). However, the addition of some new blood to the group, along with his human best pal, sends their nocturnal world into disarray. Everything is delivered with straight-faced charm, and the guts and gore are balanced with sympathetic and believable characters (well, as sympathetic and believable as centuries-old bloodsuckers can be). There are some hilarious riffs on undead stereotypes and mythology - how do you check your outfit if you can't look in the mirror? - while the script cunningly plays with your expectations (as well as referencing The Lost Boys). And Rhys Darby, as the unfailingly polite leader of a rival group of werewolves, is a fantastic treat. This is bloody hilarious.

Summary

A documentary crew follows the daily lives of four vampires sharing a house in New Zealand as they prepare for an annual gathering of the undead. A new member of the household introduces the bloodsuckers to modern life, but his failure to follow the laws of their kind brings his flatmates nothing but trouble. Horror comedy, directed by and starring Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi.

Cast & Crew

Vladislav Jemaine Clement
Viago Taika Waititi
Deacon Jonathan Brugh
Nick Cori Gonzalez-Macuer
Stu Stuart Rutherford
Petyr Ben Fransham
Anton Rhys Darby
Jackie Jackie van Beek
Director Jemaine Clement
Director Taika Waititi
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Other Information

Language: English / GermanColourTheatrical distributor: MetrodomeGuidance: Violence, swearing.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 21 Nov 2014
Comedy Drama