What We Do in the Shadows

What we Do In The Shadows Trio Taika Waititi, Jemaine Clement, Jonathan Brugh, Ben Fransham, Jackie Van, Cori Gonzalez-Macuer, Stu Rutherford, Rhys Darby, Ethel Robinson

What We Do in the Shadows: a documentary crew follow the exploits of four vampires – Viago (aged 379), Vladislav, (862), Deacon (183) and Petyr, aged (8,000) – sharing a house in Wellington, NZ. All the standard vampire tropes are here and used to comic effect: being invited in, reflections, hypnosis etc. The character’s have nearly a thousand years of history to play with and the film does well to thrown in a bunch of historic references and jokes – although the strongest riff is minor character Stu teaching the vampires how to use modern technology (Laptops, Skype, Ebay etc). The central trio are fantastic characters: perfectly acted, and all funny in their own styles – you’d happily sit and watch them argue for hours as they truly feel like bickering mates. It’s a great comedy script, with plenty of big and throwaway gags, but the overall feel of the film is more like a bunch of individually strong sketches loosely tied together by a few tangents – it feels more like a sitcom, than a documentary or movie. Most situations substitute the romanticism of being a vampire with the silly and mundane stuff, giving the film an upbeat, giggly, and playful tone which – along with the old-timer’s habits, dress sense, accents etc – make it all great fun to watch. It’s technically sound – CGI & wires are well hidden and there’s even an Inception-style corridor fight that works. I tip my beaver fur top-hat to Clement and Waititi for taking on two completely tired genres and making something this fresh and funny with it. A charming and entertaining look at the boring daily vampiric monotony.

Score: 7.5/10

What we do in the shadows Cast


  1. drhumpp said:

    Sounds fun. I’m glad I read this, because this is a title I’d probably completely ignore otherwise.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Paragraph Film Reviews said:

      It’s definitely something different. One of the main actors/writers was in Flight of the Conchords, and it’s a very similarly styled movie to the show – in terms of look, feel, and laughs.


  2. This was a great clever film, and fresh new take on the vampire horror genre. I really enjoyed it and excited to see what the director will bring to his next film which happens to be Thor: Ragnarok. Interesting change

    Liked by 1 person

    • Paragraph Film Reviews said:

      I heard he was going to do a follow up on this based on the werewolf characters too. Definitely would watch!


  3. Wendell said:

    Glad you enjoyed this. It was a very pleasant surprise for me and quickly became one of my favorite vampire flicks of recent vintage.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Paragraph Film Reviews said:

      I’d seen it on a bunch of ‘Best of 2015’ lists and couldn’t believe a vampire mockumentary could be THAT good!


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