Jemaine Clement, Taiki Waititi, Jonathan Brugh
Directed by Jemaine Clement and Taiki Waititi
In a modern New Zealand flat, four vampires share living quarters. Each were born in different centuries and get along with a shared set of rules. Unfortunately, Deacon (the newest vampire at 183-years-old) isn’t following the chore chart like he’s supposed to and the other roommates aren’t happy. Viago, Deacon, and Vladislav allow a film crew to follow their nightly lives as they try to get a fresh supply of blood delivered to their house and try to get into the hottest nightclub.
When one of their dinner parties goes wrong and a would-be victim turns vampire, the group reluctantly accept him. They teach Nick (the new guy) the general rules of being a vampire (like don’t go telling everyone what you are) and he shows them the usefulness of modern technology (like computers). Nick can’t keep his new secret and tells everyone he meets, even his best human friend. Without thinking about consequences Nick brings his friend to an undead party, where zombies and vampires are eager to eat him. Viago, Deacon, and Vladislav re-think if being friends with Nick is going to work out.
What We Do in the Shadows is a comedy in the style of a mockumentary. Audiences who enjoy television shows like The Office (U.S.) or Flight of the Conchords would most likely get the humor these vampires unintentionally show off. The undead life isn’t easy when you have five years worth of dishes to clean or like trying not to get blood on the vintage couch. These vampires who have never seen a sunrise since they were turned are now able to do so through the Internet.
It may be facing a tough audience but for those of us who have had roommates or siblings, some of the material is funny. What We Do in the Shadows is worth a try for an 86-minute movie.