One of the funniest films making the rounds on the festival circuit this year was 'What We Do in the Shadows,' a mockumentary about a group of vampires living together in a flat. Directed by New Zealander Taika Waititi and starring Waititi and Jemaine Clement of 'Flight of the Conchords' fame, the film is reminiscent of the work of Christopher Guest, like 'This Is Spinal Tap,' but with vampires. And even though the film doesn't have a release date in the U.S. yet, you can watch the first six minutes online for free.
What We Do in the Shadows
Just when you thought vampires were completely played out thanks to the likes of 'Twilight' and 'Dark Shadows,' the 'What We Do in the Shadows' trailer shows up and reminds us that there's plenty of life left in the undead. Starring and co-written by 'Flight of the Conchords' comic Jemaine Clement, this comedy takes typical vampire tropes and flings them into the modern day with (hopefully) hilarious results.
Those familiar with Jemaine Clement from his work on HBO's 'Flight of the Conchords' should be plenty excited for 'What We Do in the Shadows,' the new film he co-directed and co-wrote with Taika Waititi, who also worked with Clement on the indie film 'Eagle vs. Shark.' The pair reunite for this new venture, a faux documentary in the vein of the hilarious work of Christopher Guest -- but the eccentric group at the heart of this film is something a bit different: immortal vampires who happen to be flatmates, just trying to sort out normal life stuff while also dealing with being supernatural.
'What We Do in the Shadows' doesn't yet have distribution stateside, but that should be rectified pretty quickly. The film, the product of Clement and Waititi's brilliantly clever collaborative minds, is an insanely funny mock-doc that never skips a beat.