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What We Do in the Shadows

In the best mokumentary tradition, WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS presents three vampires sharing a flat together in present-day Wellington, New Zealand. The film is a satire on our urban habits, vampire cult, and obsession with youth.


Only when the dishes aren’t washed for a couple of years does this cause some tension in the shared flat: For the 379-year-old Dandy Viago and his roommates Deacon (183), the cultivated sadist Vladislav (862) and Petyr (8000) time has a different meaning. This is what happens when you are immortal. The four vampires live in a shared flat in New Zealand and have some other issues besides the everyday problems that come with living together. Can a person eat his “dinner” without completely ruining the sofa? It also isn’t easy trying to get into Wellington’s nightclubs since vampires have to be invited before they can enter a building and the bouncers don’t have much sympathy for them. So they head to the city’s “only exclusively vampire owned bar” where they try to have a good time despite it having the charm of a poorly visited train station café. The real party ends up happening in their apartment and ends, well, fatally for the invited guests. The roomies end up converting another mortal to their ranks. The quartet finds it difficult to teach this new unwanted new roommate how to abide by the rules of a vampire and soon they get fed up: “I’m tired of a being a vampire. It’s shitty. Don’t believe the hype.” This mock-doc is a hilarious satire on our urban habits, vampire cult, and obsession with youth.

Sebastian Markt

Translation: Carla MacDougall


Original title: What We Do in the Shadows
USA 2014, 86 min
Language: English
Genre: Horror, Comedy
Director: Taika Waititi, Jemaine Clement
Author: Taika Waititi, Jemaine Clement
DOP: Richard Bluck, D. J. Stipsen
Montage: Yana Gorskaya, Jonathan Woodford-Robinson, Tom Eagles
Music: Plan 9
Distributor: Weltkino Filmverleih
Cast: Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi, Rhys Darby, Jonathan Brugh, Cori Gonzalez-Macuer, Stuart Rutherford, Jackie van Beek
FSK: 12
Release: 30.10.2014




  • OV Original version
  • OmU Original with German subtitles
  • OmeU Original with English subtitles

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