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What We Do in the Shadows

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New Zealand, United States · 2014
Rated R · 1h 26m
Director Taika Waititi
Starring Taika Waititi, Jemaine Clement, Jonny Brugh, Cori Gonzalez-Macuer
Genre Comedy, Horror

Vampire housemates try to cope with the complexities of modern life and show a newly turned hipster some of the perks of being undead.

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Megan Rochlin Profile picture for Megan Rochlin

If you are familiar with Taika Waitit's work, you will not be surprised by just how hilarious this film is. This movie is perfect. The characters are funny, and about as likable as a bunch of centuries old murderous vampires can be. Some of my favorite parts of the movie include the group not being able to get into any clubs because, as vampires, they have to be invited in. There's also a particularly funny line when one of the vampires explains why vampires prefer virgin blood, "If you were going to eat a sandwich, you'd just enjoy it more if you knew no one had f-----ed it"

Chichi Tsai Profile picture for Chichi Tsai

An endlessly quotable, pitch-perfect mockumentary about vampire roommates living in modern New Zealand. I've seen it more times than I am comfortable saying and it is inventive, hilarious, and delightful every time.

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Total Film by

Sharp as fangs, warm as fresh blood, this could be the funniest movie of the year. New Zealand’s answer to Edgar Wright.


The New Yorker by Anthony Lane

It was with both joy and mystification, therefore, that I found myself cackling at What We Do in the Shadows like a witch with a helium balloon.


Time Out London by Cath Clarke

This isn’t much more than a series of ridiculously dotty sketches, and might have worked better as a sitcom, but it’s surprisingly hilarious.


Empire by Dan Jolin

Here it is at long last: a truly great vampire comedy. And also the funniest horror film to come out of New Zealand since Braindead.


Time Out by David Ehrlich

A dryly amusing mockumentary from the Kiwis behind the similarly deadpan Eagle vs Shark and Flight of the Conchords, What We Do in the Shadows unfolds like the darkest movie that Christopher Guest never made.


The Playlist by Drew Taylor

What We Do In the Shadows is the type of little movie that you watch and feel like you've discovered something really special. It's a total surprise; a silly, scary delight.


Variety by Rob Nelson

Some genre fans who prefer the silly to the satiric may bite, but the anemic pic isn’t remotely weird or witty enough for cult immortality.


Village Voice by Stephanie Zacharek

What We Do in the Shadows is never as self-conscious as you fear it might be, and it has some of the loose, wiggy energy of early Jim Jarmusch, only with more bite. It makes getting poked a pleasure.

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