Wednesday, April 27, 2016

W is for: What We Do In The Shadows

What We Do In The Shadows (2014) 
Director: Taika Waititi, Jemaine Clement
Writer: Taika Waititi, Jemaine Clement
Producer: Chelsea Winstanley, Taika Waititi, Emanuel Michael
Stars: Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi, Jonathan Brugh

Long-time friends and collaborators, Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement have a ball in this outrageous mockumentary about vampire flatmates in Wellington.

Simple things like chores become a bigger deal when you’re immortal, and a bad flatmate isn’t just for a few months, but eternity. The central character is the film is Waititi’s Viago, a 369 year-old vampire who is the centre of the household in suburban Wellington.

Life gets turned upside-down when fledgling vampire, Nick, joins them in the flat. With Nick comes his human friend, Stu. The group has never had a human in the house, but agree that he is off-limits for snacking. Nick revels in his new status as vampire and shouts it out to everyone he knows, much to the consternation of the ones who prefer to lurk in the shadows…

This is a very funny film and one that has been very successful both in New Zealand and overseas. With vampire fatigue being a very real thing, it's nice to see an addition to the genre that doesn't take itself too seriously and considers the various downsides of immortality.  And did I mention the super-polite werewolves?  They're werewolves, not swearwolves....


  1. This sounds like so much fun! I'm going to watch out for it.

  2. Oh, this sounds funny. I might just have to check it out.

    Liz A. from Laws of Gravity

  3. That really does sound funny. It's definitely a refreshing take on vampires and such.

  4. Really thought this was gonna be Whale Rider. So this was a pleasant curveball.

  5. That's worth checking out for the title alone. And then your description -- I'm ready to crack up.

  6. Oh my gosh this sounds funny. I'd watch it. Thanks for bringing these movies to our attention.

  7. This has to be one of my fav. movies... seen it so many times. As they say in the movie... We are werewolves, not swearwolves... hehehe