What We Do in the Shadows

Lists: Comedy, Horror, Dark comedy

Brief Synopsis: "Consider the living quarters of vampires and stodgy old castles in Transylvania might come to mind. But these aren’t your typical bloodsuckers. Viago (379 years old), Deacon (183 years old), Vladislav (862 years old), and Peter (8,000 years old) have chosen to share a flat in Wellington, New Zealand. Unfortunately for them, it’s hard to make new friends due to their constant thirst for blood. Without any mortal chums left to invite them in to all of the hip establishments around town, they’ve lost touch with the current social scene. Can these creatures of the night put aside their differences as roommates and adapt to modern society? In What We Do in the Shadows, frequent collaborators Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement share writing, directing, and acting duties—all with precise comedic timing. The end result is a hysterical mockumentary that unearths a secret, supernatural society where friendship and camaraderie are just as important as feasting upon the flesh of mortals."

Overall Ranking: 679 (Rank from 2014: # 31)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 27.27%
Regular 72.73%
Half-Popped 0%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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Tom Little of Digital Shortbread96(full review)
Carly Booth93(full review)
Bryan Lienesch81 - A very, very funny mockumentary!
Sean Kelly80(full review)
Gorgon Reviews80(full review)
Damon Schneider78
Rob from GuysFilmQuest77
Dan O'Neill75(full review)
Sober Film Critic James Brown70 - What We Do in the Shadows is one fun romp. Directors Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement offer a fresh take on traditional bloodsuckers with their thoroughly entertaining mockumentary comedy.
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Fast Film Reviews Mark Hobin70(full review)

People Involved

  • Taika Waititi (Viago)
  • Jemaine Clement (Vladislav)
  • Jonathan Brugh (Deacon)
  • Cori Gonzalez-Macuer (Nick)
  • Stuart Rutherford (Stu)
  • Jackie van Beek (Jackie)
  • Rhys Darby (Anton)
  • Frank Habicht (Phillip)
  • Ian Harcourt (Zombie)
  • Madeleine Sami (Morana)
  • Duncan Sarkies (Declan)
  • Jemaine Clement (Director)