‘What We Do in the Shadows': Watch the First Six Minutes of This Hilarious Horror Mockumentary Right Now
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.
The first few minutes of the film set up the fake documentary aspect: every few years in New Zealand, a secret society gathers for the Unholy Masquerade, and these vampires are preparing for that event. They've allowed a documentary crew unprecedented access, inviting them into their flat to film their daily lives and routines -- as it turns out, they might be hundreds of years old, but vampires aren't that different from us.
We meet Viago (Waititi), who's the responsible, type-A one of the group; Vladislav (Clement), the womanizing weirdo; Deacon (Jonathan Brugh), the hip, young, rebel; and Petyr (Ben Fransham), the really ancient one. Those first six minutes are hilarious and a great intro to the tone and look of the film -- for those unsure about what makes this film special or oblivious to its charms, putting the first few minutes online is a pretty great move.
'What We Do in the Shadows' also stars Rhys Darby from 'Flight of the Conchords,' and hits UK theaters on November 21. While it has distribution in the U.S., there's no release date just yet, but it will be creeping into theaters in 2015.