What We Do in the Shadows

Taika Waititi, Jemaine Clement, New Zealand/USA, 2014, DCP, 1.85, colour/ b&w, 86′, in English with Slovene subtitles

FESTIVALS: Sundance 2014, Berlin 2014, TIFF 2014 (Midnight Madness People’s Choice Award), Sitges 2014 (Jury’s Special Mention and Grand Audience Award: Best Feature Film), Neuchâtel 2014 (Audience Award), San Sebastian Horror & Fantasy Film Festival 2014 (Audience Award), Celluloid Screams Sheffield Horror Film Festival 2014 (Best Feature Award)
What_We_Do_in_the_Shadows_01In 2013, New Zealand’s most well-known documentarians, Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi teamed up to follow a group of Wellington-based Vampires. The resulting film is a raw, unflinching look at the lives of the undead community, and no stone is left unturned; from hunting victims and draining them of their blood to more mundane activities like paying rent and keeping the house tidy. What We Do in the Shadows documents the struggles, fears, hopes and dreams of four very distinct individuals with a common taste: Viago (Taika Waititi), Vlad (Jemaine Clement), Deacon (Jonathan Brugh) and a seriously dusty Petyra (Ben Fransham).

The vampiric mockumentary by comedy duo Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords) chronicles the daily strife of the modern vampire. What We do in The Shadows is one of the wittiest and funniest horror comedies of recent years and one of those films you simply want to see more than once, preferably with a chipper crowd. Read more

“Here it is at long last: a truly great vampire comedy. And also the funniest horror film to come out of New Zealand since Braindead.”
– Dan Jolin, Empire

“Sharp as fangs, warm as fresh blood, this could be the funniest movie of the year. New Zealand’s answer to Edgar Wright.”
– Rosie Fletcher, Total Film

“It’s Spinal Tap meets Monster Squad. My cup of tea!”
– Kristoffer Morgan, Ain’t It Cool News