What We Do In the Shadows is a comedic mockumentary written and directed by Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement. The film played at TIFF last year where it won the Grolsch People’s Choice Midnight Madness Award. Waititi and Clement also star in the film alongside Rhys Darby, Jonathan Brugh, Cori Gonzalez-Macuer, and Stu Rutherford.
Flatmates Viago, Deacon, and Vladislav are three vampires who are just trying to get by in modern society; from paying rent and doing housework to trying to get invited in to nightclubs, they’re just like anyone else – except they’re immortal and must feast on human blood. When their 8000 year-old room-mate Petyr, turns 20-something human hipster Nick, into a vampire, the guys must show him the ropes and guide him through his newfound eternal life. And in return they are forced to learn a thing or two about modern society, fashions, technology, and the internet. But it’s the introduction of Nick’s human friend, Stu, that really changes the vampire’s lives and attitudes towards the ever-changing world around them.
What We Do In the Shadows is loosely based on a short film Waititi and Clement made in 2005. The intention then was to use the short to get funding for a feature. They obviously succeeded, and the wait has been worth it.
What We Do In the Shadows is rated 14A. Read our review of the film here.