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What We Do in the Shadows

  • Film
  • 4 out of 5 stars
What We Do In The Shadows
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Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

Fans of ‘Toast of London’ will instantly get this comic horror mockumentary from New Zealand about four vampires living in a suburban semi. We meet the gang at a bad-tempered house meeting. Eighteenth-century dandy Viago (basically a gormless Edward Scissorhands in a frilly ruff), is in a tizz about the dirty dishes. His housemates are medieval Vlad (Jemaine Clement from ‘Flight of the Conchords’), a vampire in the orgies ’n’ impaling old-school tradition. Ex-Nazi vampire Deacon is the baby, a slip of a boy at 183. Things start going wrong for the gang when 8,000 year-old Nosferatu lookalike Petyr, who lives in the basement, turns a tattooed student into a vampire. This isn’t much more than a series of ridiculously dotty sketches, and might have worked better as a sitcom, but it’s surprisingly hilarious. Witness the housemates making friends with a computer programmer who introduces them to the wonders of modern technology. What do vampires Google? Pictures of virgins and videos of sunrises, naturally.

Written by Cath Clarke

Release Details

  • Rated:15
  • Release date:Friday 21 November 2014
  • Duration:85 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi
  • Screenwriter:Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi
  • Cast:
    • Jemaine Clement
    • Taika Waititi
    • Jonathan Brugh
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