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What We Do in the Shadows

2014
Comedy
Horror
1h 26m
Follow the lives of Viago (Taika Waititi), Deacon (Jonathan Brugh), and Vladislav (Jemaine Clement) - three flatmates who are just trying to get by and overcome life's obstacles-like being immortal vampires who must feast on human blood. (imdb)
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What We Do in the Shadows

2014
Comedy
Horror
1h 26m
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Rated 08 Dec 2015
90
92nd
"If you were going to eat a sandwich, you would enjoy it more if you knew no one had fucked it." It's statements like this which make me wish I had opted to be a philosophy major.
Rated 16 Feb 2017
89
95th
For too long I ignored this, thinking it could never be as good as I hoped it would be. But ye gods, it was! Twists or 'humanizes' a bunch of genre tropes in smart ways, has a delightful cast of kinda sympathetic monsters (and Stu), and the effects look pretty damn good or hokey in the best way. Bat fight!
Rated 24 Jan 2015
80
80th
'We're Werewolves, Not Swearwolves' may be the greatest line in film for the 21st century, I will go to great lengths to defend that. It doesn't overstay its welcome and keeps you at least mildly entertained throughout the entirety. It's funny, it's great and everyone should at least go and see this.
Rated 13 Jan 2020
75
52nd
Mockumentaries often come off as a gimmick to keep things cheap, but on rare occasions they can develop a concept to a better execution than a traditional film. This particular one was executed well and is plenty entertaining from start to finish, but the comedy is often more amusing than laughable, which holds it back from being excellent.
Rated 15 Sep 2015
78
86th
Vladislav: Leave me to do my dark bidding on the internet! Viago: What are you bidding on? Vladislav: I am bidding on a table.
Rated 04 Feb 2019
75
74th
Surprisingly hilarious mockumentary about a group of vampires sharing a house in New Zealand. Cleverly written to subvert many of the tropes of vampires, werewolves and zombies, and acted with a deadpan style that made the whole thing deliciously farcical. Pretty much the undead version of The Trailer Park Boys, with obviously funny people ad-libbing their way through one absurd situation after another. Wish they had done more with Petyr, the 8,000 year old Nosferatu living in the basement.
Rated 03 Jun 2015
92
96th
This film is hilarious. It had multiple points that had me cracking up. Vlad's transformation and the swearwolves are highlights to keep an eye out for. This is a top 5 mockumentary movie of all time. It's amazing. "Why are you swearing all the time?"
Rated 13 Jan 2016
8
80th
The perfectly deadpan doc-style delivery is delightful as it presents with wonderful wit and mirthfully morbid frankness mundane expositions on the typical vampire lore, from watching sunrises on Youtube to debating over who has to clean the bloody dishes. Many clever mini-storylines (newbie Nick's integration into the group is one highlight) and hilarious characters (see the never-fazed software programmer Stu and the pack of rational werewolves) add even further humour to this great premise.
Rated 15 Feb 2015
95
97th
After second viewing: This is a future cult. Drop what you are doing and see this immediately. If this won't get enough attention, it is because of some dispute among Commonwealth nations and New Zealand getting the shitty end of the bargain (yet again).
Rated 22 Dec 2017
95
95th
What they do in the shadows is meld horror and comedy, and I like it. Petyr is perfect.
Rated 25 Jun 2015
85
94th
This movie is the funniest damn thing I've seen in years. The performances are hilarious. The first third of the film - which measures up to the Godfather of mockumentaries, 'This is Spinal Tap' - is the best, delivering one long parade of great moments and laughs.
Rated 10 Jan 2017
85
87th
Following a trio of ancient bloodsuckers living in a Wellington flat share, this terrific mockumentary riffs on established vampire tropes in wonderfully creative ways, offering one of the most original takes on the subject matter in recent years. Waititi, Clement and Brugh are all hilarious in their own distinct ways, and the special effects are hugely impressive considering the film's low budget.
Rated 01 Nov 2022
80
84th
Surprisingly funny and entertaining, and the mockumentary format really works. It celebrates horror and ridiculousness in equal measure, and you’d struggle to dislike what are supposed to be monsters. Definitely worth checking out.
Rated 24 Sep 2015
95
85th
This movie is straight hilarious. It can't be stated enough how witty and goofy it is while still at the same time making it all seem so weirdly plausible. This is one that I will buy just so I can show it to anyone who hasn't seen it. "Would you like some busghetti?"
Rated 01 Feb 2016
75
77th
Immensely entertaining piece of mocumentary, that keeps it's vampire lore dark and macabre, but plays it all for laughs, which works perfectly.
Rated 25 Oct 2015
80
62nd
Dark, bloody humour goofily spurting out of a surprisingly warm heart at the film's core.
Rated 14 Dec 2015
70
79th
Often funny, counterbalanced by moments that fall flat. It isn't a gut busting riot but its definitely amusing with a funny cast. The virgin sandwich line was my favorite.
Rated 11 Dec 2014
61
42nd
Imagine Flight of the Conchords as a vampire movie. That's pretty much exactly what you get, minus the songs. The jokes aren't necessarily unique, the mockumentary format is done, and the drama is so perfunctory they're not even trying... but Clement and his minions know how to make us *want* to like the movie, and that goes a long way. That and the fate of the modern vampire familiar, and "Werewolves - not swearwolves!"
Rated 16 Apr 2015
90
87th
Hilarious the whole way through! The movie is never interrupted by sappiness 2/3rds of the way through like most Hollywood comedies. This is Flight of the Conchords meets Spinal Tap meets Nosferatu.
Rated 20 Sep 2015
4
55th
not unlike the even sweeter, more thematically rich, probably less funny VAMPS, an anachronistic vampire comedy with a beating heart but hidden fangs. at the end of a summer characterised by the rise of anti-migrant hatemongering, the way this slyly champions assimilation and progressiveness really hits the spot.
Rated 14 Feb 2015
0
6th
Don't like vampire movies.
Rated 26 Jun 2019
70
48th
Satisfyingly funny but frustratingly thin & uneven genre spoof powered mostly by charming performances. Perhaps over-reliant on improv given the loose narrative structure. Flirts with some clever ways to introduce drama & ridicule to the premise but lacks the vision & commitment to follow through. As a comedic twist on horror conventions it's not quite up there with Shaun of the Dead & as a mockumentary it's not even close to Spinal Tap. Easily gets enough laughs & chuckles to entertain though.
Rated 27 Dec 2014
88
66th
They don't make enough Mockumentaries anymore. This is a good one of those. At least on the level of a Guest one.
Rated 20 Jun 2014
75
81st
Waititi and Clement were probably the best parts about the film. I love their deadpan style of humour. Overall, the movie's not absolutely hilarious, but it's pretty funny, and enjoyable throughout. The characters are likable, the sets and costumes are fun, and yeah, I liked it a lot.
Rated 02 Dec 2015
7
57th
As narrated by Werner Herzog: Unbeknownst to his careless victim, ze vampire was slowly closing in, like a cunning hawk honing in on his prey. What followed was an act of sheer barbaric violence, a hair-raising bloodbath punctuated by outbursts of murderous animosity. Plagued by a sense of overwhelming misery, ze vampire retreated to his claustrophobic coffin, ze only place where he could lament his cursed existence and ever-growing loneliness.
Rated 21 Aug 2015
85
64th
"What We Do in the Shadows" is probably one of the better documentaries to come out of New Zealand since "Forgotten Silver".
Rated 14 Mar 2015
68
22nd
Mockumentary about a group of vampires sharing a home in present-day Wellington, and their contentious relationships with their familiars, werewolves, and each other. There are some very funny moments, and the cast, if not consistently accomplished (no one really comes up to Jermaine Clement's level), is enthusiastic. But there's not really enough here to justify the feature length, and the humor too often...lacks bite? Also, pro tip: funny voices are not as funny as you think they are.
Rated 30 Dec 2014
86
86th
Almost every single sight gag and joke in What We Do in The Shadows hits the sweet spot. It's so delightfully rapid fire in its delivery that every minute has a side-splitting event. This is the stuff of cult classics and feels endlessly quotable. Never has a mockumentary been so effortlessly hysterical since Spinal Tap.
Rated 26 Nov 2016
65
84th
The more time passes since you saw it the more you enjoy remembering it.
Rated 12 Mar 2015
73
57th
Enjoyable film even though it felt like a lot of the humor was going over my head on first watch. It may take a few more visits until I appreciate it fully. All the werewolves scenes were pure gold.
Rated 02 Mar 2015
85
94th
This movie is fucking great. See it, or don't if you're an idiot.
Rated 11 Feb 2015
70
75th
Wow.. haven't seen this good a comedy in a long time. The tone is just perfect, the characters, the story, the style.. Everything comes together just perfectly. A really well made mockumentary, brings to mind Spinal Tap with its quality.
Rated 15 Sep 2015
66
76th
"if you're going to eat a sandwich, you'd just enjoy it more if you knew that no one had fucked it"
Rated 30 Dec 2015
77
79th
Loved it! Wish they had done more with Petyr, but loved it nonetheless. The scene with the two cops was one of the best of the year.
Rated 14 Apr 2015
80
82nd
Witty, silly, and dark, dark, dark! Had our whole theater laughing so loud that on multiple occasions we missed the next line of dialog. The actors understand exactly what they're doing and find just the right combination of understatement and mugging. Jemaine Clement's face on a cat is one of the funniest and most unexpected sight gags in recent memory.
Rated 14 Mar 2015
95
97th
Very funny, outstanding characters, and the best use of the mockumentary style in I don't know how long. It packs so much humor in it's under 90 minute run time and I'm positive there were numerous ones I missed. It's bizarre and fun and weird and I want to watch it again.
Rated 09 Feb 2015
70
76th
This is hilariously brilliant. Don't read anything else about it, don't look at the trailer. Just go watch it. Now.
Rated 11 Jan 2015
80
85th
I really enjoyed this quirky horror mocumentary from New Zealand. It kept a smile on my face throughout, but there were also moments of comedy genius; some of the werewolf scenes... I won't spoil it.
Rated 17 Feb 2015
80
32nd
A dry look at what (semi-)eternal life would be like. Death is approached with a laughable lightness in this dark comedy. The acting is solid but the writing really makes this film a must-see. It's a reminder that even if you are a non-human, you can still suffer from the daily doldrum of the human condition. But the most refreshing moral is that even two groups who vehemently hate one another can get along if they've got a common bond. Sometimes that bond's name is Stu.
Rated 19 Apr 2021
100
97th
Rewatch: We're werewolves, not swearwolves! Absolutely hilarious mockumentary. On rewatch, I find even more jokes I missed the first couple times. Possibly Waititi's best.
Rated 22 Feb 2015
84
87th
Ingenious. Monstrously clever and entertaining, hitting you with one tremendously fun, sharply realized bit after another. Never in a million years would I have thought vampires could be made into a fresh, funny live-wire horror/comedy subject again after all those years of TWILIGHT tomfoolery, but this rocks. I don't think I've had as much fun with a group of uppity vampires since ever. See it!
Rated 13 Jan 2016
80
77th
Very smart and very dry. Had highs and lows for how much i was enjoying it or laughing at it but overall its a damn fine movie
Rated 18 Aug 2016
55
24th
Runs like a series of loosely connected sketches, which makes this movie very light and fast-paced. The challenge this creates is that the movie stands or falls with the jokes, and the majority of them I found to be lackluster and uninspired. However, there are a few great laughs in between the lazy and cheesy attempts at humor. Because of these laughs, combined with the high pace and inoffensive nature, this movie will probably (at least mildly) entertain almost anyone.
Rated 08 Jan 2015
70
83rd
Pretty entertaining mockumentary, with a few cringe worthy moments. For the most part Clement, Waititi and Brugh produce a film that's likeable and oddly feels fresh; even if the format and jokes are slightly used.
Rated 26 Jan 2015
70
89th
Enjoyable, if not overtly funny mockumentary. Considering it was written, directed and starred Jemaine Clement, I couldn't pass this one up....plus it has Rhys Darby, who steals every scene he's in (as usual) Only thing missing was Bret!
Rated 12 Oct 2015
86
84th
Vampire mockumentary that reminded me a lot of This is Spinal Tap. Funny all the way through with a variety of jokes, not much to complain about really.
Rated 25 Jan 2016
40
32nd
Mostly a bunch of nut jobs who like to masquerade as vampires, spew fake blood from a hose & perform unconvincing magic tricks. Extra points for being lighthearted, silly, morbid & full of dark comedy. For the most part, I did not find the screwball style in this campy comedy to be particularly interesting or entertaining. I lost interest when the police came, found a charred & dead body and seemed to not notice. Moderately humorous, a few clever moments, but mostly it's just stupid throughout.
Rated 10 Sep 2015
75
69th
The movie has its lenghty parts, but all in all it'a great fun. And a perfectlx sound documentary about living in a shared apartment/house...
Rated 02 Nov 2015
85
54th
THIS is an hilarious mockumentary.
Rated 31 Jan 2015
85
68th
Great horror comedy movie.
Rated 02 Oct 2016
75
64th
Journey-not-destination apologias must necessarily apply to comedies, too, in at least the specific-to-my-review-of-this sense of inevitable-not-predictable gags written & timed impeccably in such concept-dependent movies ("There is a crucifix behind you" text; sleep-watching YouTube vids of sunrises leading to near-death-by-sunrise). & stretching sketches to feature-length is basically the reason mockumentaries exist, no? & & vamp Jackie is this sub's drrrream
Rated 25 Nov 2018
81
66th
Consistently funny throughout, the film offers a look at the trials of immortality through the lives of four flatmates who happen to be vampires. Some of the best material in the film surrounds their encounters with werewolves and their interactions with their human friend, Stu. Really, though, the film spends most of its time puncturing the mystique around vampires by showing the challenges of life for a subculture isolated from the modern world.
Rated 16 Feb 2015
75
64th
I watched this while in the throes of a bad cold, so even though I watched this a few days ago, I am already having trouble remembering certain parts of the film. Since I told myself I would review everything, this pledge extends to films that I am having a difficult time remembering. So, uh, here we go: this film is a dark light comedy (as in, a dark comedy that's light on the chuckles (as in, not a lot of real bellylaughs)), and reminds me of a more amusing, exciting version of "Man Bites Dog"
Rated 02 Mar 2015
90
92nd
A hilarious and brilliant mockumentary. Those that hate vampires should especially see this.
Rated 07 Apr 2015
6
43rd
Amusing and entertaining - definitely worth another watch as the humour is not overplayed and will grow on you rather than annoy.
Rated 22 Jul 2021
70
82nd
As perfect a vampire mockumentary as there will ever be, & as anybody could ask for. Fabulous performances by all involved, a script packed with laughs, plus loads of clever (& loving) parodying of vampire lore & the numerous cliches attached to it over the years. It's tightly paced, the introduction of running gags like the werewolves is great, & because it's under 90 minutes it never outstays its welcome. Just a lovely little treat of a film.
Rated 25 Jul 2015
78
66th
Deadpan humor from those who do it best. Insanely creative and a lot of fun. Swearwolves.
Rated 10 Mar 2016
88
96th
Great film! So original, and really funny in parts. I love all the little bits of vampire trivia that are referenced as throwaway jokes; I love the zany plot about Nick, the newly turned vampire and his rookie mistakes; I love the rivalry with Rhys Darby's werewolves, and the fact that the camera crew are occasionally referenced. The film needed another 10 or 15 minutes to feel long enough, but really, that was one of the most creative comedies I've seen in years so I can only really love it.
Rated 04 Jan 2016
70
41st
A lot of clever ideas that kind of make you smile and nod, but the improv never really felt like it created any great jokes, just some low-key silliness that didn't make me laugh out loud in the same way Flight of the Conchords can seemingly through the same low-key vibe. Amusing, clever, enjoyable, but lacking in jokes. Rhys Darby was great, though.
Rated 02 Mar 2015
84
89th
Pretty much nonstop laughs.
Rated 10 May 2016
65
59th
Some decent laughs and great lines. Also mockumantery style works nearly perfect but there is a lack of storytelling. Still fairly enjoyable.
Rated 11 Jan 2016
88
69th
Great conchords style dead pan fare, with a few cheeky effects, and some great costumes and sets.
Rated 06 Jun 2015
83
77th
Surprisingly funny and definitely silly, What We Do in the Shadows is a light, entertaining movie
Rated 19 Jan 2016
78
64th
A well-judged and frequently hilarious send-up of vampire and gothic horror tropes from the burgeoning New Zealand comedy collective. At it's best it is reminiscent of (and no doubt inspired by) classic docu-comedy films Man Bites Dog and 'Spinal Tap, no small feat. That said, most of the best material is in the first half, and the vampire masquerade event doesn't really live up to its billing or work as a framing device, but the film is snappily paced and doesn't outstay its velcome.
Rated 24 Apr 2015
80
73rd
I understand that this type of humour, very similar to the Tucker and Dale vs Evil-kind of humour in my honest opinion, won't please everyone. It's very deadpan on a high pace level. It could have been slightly better or more likeable for some people if the different subjects (dressing for a night out, an intervention with (s)wearvolves...) would've been more elaborate with thought out comedy that resonates for a while. https://cinemuckblog.wordpress.com/2015/05/07/what-we-do-in-the-shado
Rated 14 Jun 2016
75
76th
Amazingly manages to find itself a mostly unique niche in the over-saturated vampire genre. Smartly written, pretty funny and well performed. More than worth a look.
Rated 22 Mar 2015
7
68th
where bret at
Rated 10 Mar 2021
80
62nd
It's the inherent charm of Waititi and his cast that makes this one-joke idea sparkle; it may have been even better cut down to a short subject, as there is really not enough material here to justify a feature length. Made memorable by Waititi's droll sensibilities on both sides of the camera creating a fun and refreshing spin on mockumentary (and horror movie) tropes. Spiritedly performed, with Clement especially good in a role blatantly playing to his scenery chewing proclivities.
Rated 06 Jul 2014
4
52nd
often amusing with a few laugh-out-loud moments, but a bit disappointing as well as it seemed as though they were trying too hard - not as effortless as something like spinal tap.
Rated 17 Jun 2019
64
65th
It's definitely enjoyable but not something that I want to watch again. Well acted and written, just not my thing. Ok so I did watch it again, and I actually really liked it.
Rated 10 Oct 2023
90
92nd
The Flight of the Concords never quite meshed with me, probably because I was flat out done with precious softboy humor by the time the show got to me. I really only gave this movie a chance because I loved the 2019 TV adaptation so much, and oh boy. This is probably the funniest horror comedy of this century. Billy was my favorite.
Rated 08 Feb 2020
20
11th
As with musicals, I generally hate mockumentaries, as I can't overcome the artificiality to properly suspend my disbelief. I didn't like "Flight of the Conchords" either, so maybe New Zealand humour just isn't for me. I also hated "Jojo Rabbit", so maybe Taika Waititi humour isn't for me. I hope the after credits hypnosis does the trick on me.
Rated 09 Jul 2017
4
51st
A few chuckles here and there and a couple big laughs (that sandwhich line). Just a charming film where everyone seems to be having a blast.
Rated 05 Feb 2015
100
90th
How charming is New Zealand? This is pretty great.
Rated 06 Oct 2015
80
75th
Hilarious!
Rated 11 Feb 2018
85
80th
Not as laugh out loud funny as Thor: Ragnarok a few years later, but this got a lot of little chuckles from me, which I would take over a comedy that only has one or two really good jokes and little else. This means it's pretty consistently funny or at least worth a smile, with fun performances by everyone. Clement and Waititi penned a real gem here that I shouldn't have ignored the year it came out.
Rated 10 Mar 2015
50
44th
Amiable.
Rated 18 Mar 2015
84
88th
Vampire mockumentary is an idea that could've been awful but this pulls the entire movie off great. Line of the year: I'm just saying that you'd like a sandwich better if you knew no one fucked it.
Rated 31 Aug 2015
84
69th
Who would have thought vampires are hilarious? I really liked this mockumenentary about vampires who are struggling to figure out the modern world... but with the help of a newly turned vamp and his human best friend who is a computer programmer they are able to bring the internet to these diabolical dudes. This is a film from New Zealand and I must say, I love their sense of humor...
Rated 27 Nov 2015
43
73rd
Reminded me a lot of Christopher Guest's work but with a fresher look and feel. Actually managed to be pretty scary at some moments, which was a pleasant surprise. There's not much to say about this movie other than to mention that it's really funny, well-acted, and definitely worth your time.
Rated 29 Mar 2015
75
53rd
Entertaining mockumentary with an impressive use of special effects. It does perhaps try a little too hard to be funny at times, but there's enough subtle fun things going on in the background to keep it interesting.
Rated 24 Apr 2022
75
70th
A film in complete harmonisation with its own chaotic flux of a non existent script. The documentary style produces some great down to earth and gritty filmography, great atmosphere. The actors being allowed to be their off the cuff, unpredictable best, seals this as not only a unique experience but also a thoroughly competent and genuinely amusing comedy.
Rated 07 Jan 2016
81
69th
"We're Werewolves, Not Swearwolves"
Rated 08 Jan 2015
40
23rd
So dry it just felt underwhelming as there's nothing to latch onto
Rated 26 Mar 2015
75
66th
'I go for a look I call dead but delicious.' Totally bonkers horror mockumentary.
Rated 31 Oct 2015
51
35th
Works much better as a mockymentary than as a vampire movie. Basically, you totally buy into the idea of this being a documentary, you just wish they could have found more interesting people to follow than these doofuses. Watching them go about everyday life (in lack of a better term) is good for a few laughs, but the idea wears itself thin really quickly. And the attempts to introduce drama just looks like a bunch of Underworld fans LARPing.
Rated 20 Oct 2015
9
95th
This has no right being this good. Original and very funny. Just give it a try, you won't regret it.
Rated 07 Apr 2015
78
58th
A guaranteed cult-classic in the making, there are some genuinely funny lines in this, even if others fall a bit flat. This is the greatest vampire comedy ever made, if that genre sounds appealing to you, than absolutely it's a must-see, if not, it's still an enjoyable film.
Rated 07 Jan 2015
80
86th
Really fantastic. Hilarious and well paced.
Rated 24 Jan 2015
81
80th
I'm just gonna say what everyone else say: "Hilarious!"
Rated 05 Nov 2019
75
86th
very good movie
Rated 28 Jun 2015
85
75th
Really funny from start to finish. Pretty much everything with Stu was golden. It stumbles a bit in the set up, though not much, and is really enjoyable then on out.
Rated 04 Nov 2017
77
66th
A bit uneven joke-wise due to such heavy reliance on improvisation, but it has some real gut-busters in there, especially towards the end. One of those comedies that gets funnier the more you think about it. The fact that they actually got some random IT guy to play Stu rules.
Rated 13 Jan 2022
10
95th
Hilarious and so quotable. One of those movies I will randomly think about for a few seconds and then just start laughing to myself.
Rated 29 Nov 2015
85
91st
Oh man, that's some funny stuff! Super funny from start to finish.
Rated 07 Apr 2015
8
37th
Delightfully clever. Dashingly brilliant. Immeasurably zany.
Rated 19 Apr 2017
78
54th
Despite being dangerously front-loaded with its funniest gags, the movie is consistently irreverent and its characters seductive enough to make up for the slower second half. The film inherits the standard language of the comedic mockumentary, but its contemporary blend of dry and oddball humor and its convincing art direction, production design, wardrobe, and makeup push it well beyond retread territory and into guarded but undeniable originality. More could've been mined from the premise.
Rated 03 Jan 2016
68
82nd
The best available documentary about vampires in New Zealand
Rated 25 Mar 2018
85
67th
A sense of comedic effortlessness permeates itself throughout every scene in "What We Do in the Shadows". It uses the mockumentary format so cleverly and realistically that by the end you will have almost forgotten you're not just watching a documentary about vampires, aided by performances that are so natural that everything that becomes that much more hilarious. It's side-splitting, bizarre, and utterly unlike any comedy I've ever seen. A stellar effort from Clement and Waititi, on all fronts.
Rated 24 Mar 2015
65
73rd
Quite funny.

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