What We Do in the Shadows

COMEDY; 1hr 26min

STARRING: Jermaine Clement, Taika Waititi, Jonathan Brugh

Vamping: Clement

The 862-year-old Vladislav (Clement), 379-year-old Viago (Waititi) and 183-year-old Deacon (Brugh) are New Zealand vampires and housemates who bicker about domestic chores and swap misdirected fashion tips in bad Transylvanian accents in Clement and Waititi’s jaunty mockumentary. Basement-dwelling 8,000-year-old Petyr (Ben Fransham) isn’t a position to swap much of anything, being a husk of tooth and claw.


The vamps’ new crew member, Nick (Cori Gonzalez Macuer), and his affable human buddy, Stu (Stu Rutherford), are the trio’s passport to the modern world: a blast for these boys from the past who love clubbing and the internet as much as they relish a juicy feed. Unfortunately, Nick is a blabbermouth, which causes all sorts of problems, as if being a vampire weren’t a big enough bloody cross to bear.


The ditsy carry-on has the saucy, raw-boned vibe of a student revue — engaging enough as far as it goes, which was never going to be too far: its culminating Unholy Masquerade is more geeky than freaky by a country mile. By that stage, though, only a killjoy would complain.