Told in a mockumentary style, What We Do in the Shadows showcases the life of 3 vampire roommates as they go through everyday life. In a very original, and very funny presentation, this film re-invigorates the vampire and mockumentary genres by mashing them together.
From New Zealand, Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi star in the film as well as serve as writers and directors. Clement’s name may seem familiar from his HBO show Flight of the Conchords that also included Rhys Darby (the Conchords manager) who plays the role of Anton the werewolf in this film.
The “story” centers around the roommates Viago, Deacon and Vladislav who, due to conflicts earlier in the film are in search of a new roommate. They vary in age from 183 to 8,000 years old and they have troubles as vampires do with things like not having any mirrors so they have to draw each other when trying to make wardrobe decisions. Their clothing by the way is wildly outdated, so they stick out a bit when out in public. There are some additional (and hysterical) obstacles that get in their way, such as not being able to get into a nightclub unless they’re invited in, encroaching on their night-life so to speak…
I don’t want to give the rest away as it’s really something you should see for yourself. The last gag I’ll point out is one of the roommates gets particularly upset at their apartment getting messy from another roommate hitting an artery while feeding on a victim. The film is really clever and unique that way.
Be sure to check out What We Do in the Shadows.