What We Do in the Shadows


New Zealand, USA, 2014, 86’
di Taika Waititi, Jemaine Clement
con Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi, Jonathan Brugh, Cori Gonzalez-Macuer

Housemates Viago, Deacon, and Vladislav are three vampires who are trying to get by in modern society; from paying rent and doing housework to trying to get invited into nightclubs, they’re just like anyone else – except they’re immortal and must feast on human blood. When their 8000 year-old-roommate Petyr, turns 20-something human hipster Nick into a vampire, the guys must guide him through his newfound eternal life. In return, they are forced to learn a thing or two about modern society, fashion, technology, and the internet. But it’s the introduction of Nick’s human friend, Stu, that really changes the vampires’ lives and attitudes towards the world around them.

“In 2011, we were approached to make a vampire documentary documenting the vampires of Wellington. We’d heard stories about vampires. We’d seen Blade 3. We thought we didn’t want to be in the room with those creatures, and that’s very much the way we approached it. But I think it was the wrong. We came to love those guys, they’re really great guys. I guess that’s about putting aside preconceived ideas. They’re not all Brad Pitt types. They have wants and needs just like us. When we filmed them, we started to think who is a real vampire? Is it them drinking the blood of humans or was it us the filmmakers?” – Taika Waititi, Jemaine Clement