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What We Do In The Shadows

7.61 h 25 min2015X-Ray15
Follow the lives of Viago, Deacon, and Vladislav - three flatmates who are just trying to get by and overcome life's obstacles-like being immortal vampires who must feast on human blood. Hundreds of years old, the vampires are finding that beyond sunlight catastrophes and not being able to get a sense of their wardrobe without a reflection-modern society has them struggling.
Jemaine ClementTaika Waititi
Jemaine ClementTaika WaititiJonathan Brugh
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4.7 out of 5 stars

4678 global ratings

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  2. 9% of reviews have 4 stars
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DokyaReviewed in the United Kingdom on 11 January 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
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How had I never heard of this before? Loved the dry humour of this spoof and the way they've stayed true to the documentary style of filming all the way through. Especially appreciative of the 'awkward' self-awareness in front of a camera crew shown by characters during filming of scenes portraying social discomfort. Utterly, utterly hilarious. Never heard of any of the producers or actors before. Looking up their other work now! Real joy to see the power of under-acting. Implausible story line with hugely plausible characters. Sheer genius!!!
29 people found this helpful
Chunky MonkeyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 December 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Fun and clever mockumentary about vampires sharing a house
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Starring, Written, and directed by Jermaine Clement (of Flight of the Conchords) and Taika Waititi, “What we do in the Shadows” is a mockumentary from New Zealand about a group of vampires who house-share, in Wellington.

I thought it was very well written, original, well acted and fun!

It is full of vampire lore jokes (e.g. how can you coordinate your clothes for a “night out” when you can’t see yourself in the mirror...) in addition to mocking the set up and petty squabbles of flat mates, in reality TV programmes). I particularly liked “Viago” and his novel “dating” technique, alongside “Judith” the slightly desperate, vengeful vampire familiar and “Petyr” (the 8,000 year old classic “Nosferatu”).

While always fun, I found it laugh out loud funny in a few of places (e.g. the boys night out “chips” scene pay off - but then, I have been told I have a warped sense of humour - with a distinctly dry, intelligent, Kiwi feel, to the comedy.

A little gem

19 people found this helpful
Mrs. HatterReviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 February 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Fangtastic Vampire Comedy
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I have no idea how this passed me by when it was made a few years back (or how I've not come across it sooner) as it's a real treasure that I'm super glad to have stumbled across. Focusing on four vampires house-sharing this is one of the funniest mocumentary comedy films I've seen for a long, long time and it's clearly been together very well by people who understand how to make a comedy (rather than just a film with a few funny moments) and who have really thought about their characters with all the nods to both vampire lore and documentaries of this type - it results in really well developed characters with solid identities as though you've gotten to know them over 20 episodes of a series and each one is uniquely hilarious and realised so well by the actors. Even all the smaller parts such as their friends, the werewolves, the police force etc are all perfect for the setting and I'll definitely be watching it again some time soon!
10 people found this helpful
geekyfrancyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 23 January 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Greatest Documentary Ever
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All anyone needs to know about this is: it's a documentary about vampires living in modern day New Zealand.

However, if you need to know more, know that even if you're not into the documentary genre this will make you change your mind. It is shot in such a way as to be slightly reminiscent of reality shows, however it is true to its genre. It limits itself to following the daily activities of a group of vampires, without being intrusive, or disruptive: it limits itself to narrating the events.

This documentary is great because it sheds a light on a group of beings often misportrayed in modern culture, and misunderstood. It definitely challenged my point of view and my stereotypes, I will not look onto a vampire the same way. I think people who rated it one star have found their believes challenged and did not like that.

I can't wait for the next one by the same authors to come out.
8 people found this helpful
Kizzy BeagledoreReviewed in the United Kingdom on 31 May 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
What did I miss?
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Looking for something different to watch I choose this based on the amazing reviews it received. Either the actors families and friends are spending way too much time on Amazon reviewing or I have missed something major here.
It was.....pretty awful.
The premise is great - a docuspoof on a group of vampires trying to make it in the 21st Century- it had real possibilities and they have the slightly awkward " can't stop looking at the camera" style off to a tee.
But the characters are really poorly drawn and never really engage, the storyline menaders horribly and worst off all its just not funny - it should be and there are some chuckles along the way but sorry guys this missed the mark for me.
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WhinbrookReviewed in the United Kingdom on 01 October 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Clever and witty
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Clever idea putting a group of stereo typical vampires (the Nosferatu type, the Vlad the Impaler type, the sauve but gentlemanly Dracula type etc) in a suburban house share in Wellington, New Zealand.

This mockumentary of their everyday mundane lives but having to cope with their vampire traits in the 21st century is witty and well conceived. Situations are immediately identifiable to us mortals who have ever flat shared. The effects are well done too and amongst the amusing set ups are a few creepy/make you jump moments.

The climax is a monster ball with zombie and werewolf chapters from other Wellington suburbs coming together - a bit like a prom night - with the predictable fight, bickering and girl trouble. The werewolf chapter is well conceived too with their leader being a 'sensible' chap (recall him as one of the support cast in the Flight of the Conchords) who doesn't like swearing and bad behavior and insists his mates chain themselves to trees when the full moon comes round so their bloody rampages are minimised - doesn't always work though!

As other reviewers have said - it could be the bases for a TV series.
9 people found this helpful
ZeitGhoul (music is my sanctuary)Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 07 November 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Genuine funnyness and cleverly done.
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Yes I love the directors work - and Flight Of The Conchords - I have to say this film is brilliant at the start - it is a mockumentary, but also very charming. Cleverly achieved on a low budget, Its all in the script and the brilliant acting and well timed use of effects. I would not call it a movie though - Id say it was a great feature length comedy - and theres plenty of so called feature length comedy movies out there that get nowhere near this in terms of genuine funnyness.

Id say Hunt For The wilderpeaople was a better film cinematically - but this is a laugh every minute so is def the winner of the two for me.
5 people found this helpful
Peej MaybeReviewed in the United Kingdom on 17 September 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
So funny, and well worth picking up
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If you love the WWDITS TV series and haven't seen the original NZ / Wellington based indie movie it's based on you owe it to yourself to watch this. The story of a bunch of misfit vampires living in modern-day New Zealand, filmed in a mockumentary comedy way. So many moments that made me laugh out loud in it, and I doubt I'll ever get sick of hearing NZers saying "Chups". Great performances from Taika Waititi, Jemaine Clements and Jonathan Brugh, with scene stealing from Stu Rutherford too. Just brilliantly funny
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