What We Do in the Shadows

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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Film Cast:

  • Viago: Taika Waititi
  • Vladislav: Jemaine Clement
  • Deacon: Jonny Brugh
  • Nick: Cori Gonzalez-Macuer
  • Stu: Stuart Rutherford
  • Petyr: Ben Fransham
  • Jackie: Jackie van Beek
  • Pauline (The Beast): Elena Stejko
  • Julian: Jason Hoyte
  • Policewoman: Karen O’Leary
  • Policeman: Mike Minogue
  • Josephine: Chelsie Preston Crayford
  • Zombie: Ian Harcourt
  • Katherine: Ethel Robinson
  • Vampire Hunter: Brad Harding
  • Fix Attendant: Isaac Heron
  • Vampire Witch / MC: Yvette Parsons
  • Morana: Madeleine Sami
  • Club Bouncer: Aaron Jackson
  • Child Vampire: Morgana Hills
  • Child Vampire: Morag Hills
  • Phillip: Frank Habicht
  • Big Kumara Bouncer: Moose Kapua
  • Hypnotised Man / Vladislav’s Victim: Denis Welch
  • Bouncer Richie: Mario Gaoa
  • Viago’s Victim: Kura Forrester
  • Vladislav’s Victim: Luke Bonjers
  • Anton – Werewolf: Rhys Darby
  • Dion – Werewolf: Simon Vincent
  • Clifton – Werewolf: Cohen Holloway
  • Declan – Werewolf: Duncan Sarkies
  • Nathan M – Werewolf: Nathan Meister
  • Nathan G – Werewolf: Tanemahuta Gray
  • Nathan G – Werewolf: Nathan Gray
  • WW2 Nazi Vampire Extra: Ruby Vincent
  • WW2 Nazi Vampire Extra: Jaxon Cook
  • WW2 Nazi Vampire Extra: Matthew Harvey-White
  • WW2 Nazi Vampire Extra: Matt Dravitzki
  • WW2 Nazi Vampire Extra: Roland Hunter
  • WW2 Nazi Vampire Extra: Stan Alley
  • Succubus: Lucy Marinkavich
  • Succubus: Melanie Hamilton
  • Succubus: Ana Flaherty
  • Zombie: Aaron Lewis
  • Zombie: Belle Gwilliam
  • Mauled Cameraman (Dave): Rodney Cook
  • Tracy (uncredited): Jennifer Martin
  • Beth (uncredited): Emma Draper
  • Boogie Wonderland Girl (uncredited): Natalie Crane
  • Dancer (uncredited): Emma Smith

Film Crew:

  • Director of Photography: Richard Bluck
  • Writer: Taika Waititi
  • Co-Producer: Jemaine Clement
  • Producer: Emanuel Michael
  • Director of Photography: DJ Stipsen
  • Original Music Composer: Plan 9
  • Editor: Jonathan Woodford-Robinson
  • Editor: Yana Gorskaya
  • Producer: Chelsea Winstanley
  • Co-Producer: Pamela Harvey-White
  • Editor: Tom Eagles
  • Casting: Tina Cleary
  • Production Design: Ra Vincent
  • VFX Artist: Jason Astley

Movie Reviews:

  • Reno: > The video document of the life of the vampires.

    A documentary style horror comedy based on the short film of the same name by the same directors. I would say it is an interview with the vampires in the Kiwi style. The film follows a group of vampires living in an old mansion and their everyday routine, including how they manage to get blood and confrontation with other mutants are documented.

    Definitely a wonderful comedy, but feels like a mix of ‘Dark Shadows’ and ‘Addams Family’. The title implies the nightlife of these creatures, especially adapting the modern way of lifestyle. So their exploration begins here for their video document. Being different is how much struggle is what the film focused. Threats from various quarters and getting over from every disastrous event is revealed.

    Quite an interesting vampire film with the awesome characters and of course the entire film was shot in the dark time. It is not a cliché, but just a spoof of the typical vampire theme. Cleverly written screenplay and direction with the well supported performances. Looks like many people had loved it, I’m slightly on the different side that I enjoyed watching it but did not like much. Because I have seen better film in the similar concept. So I still recommend it because it is worth a watch.


  • mattwilde123: ‘What We Do In The Shadows’ is an hilarious mockumentary film by the makers of ‘Flight of the Conchords’. The movie is filed with brilliant homages and references to vampire films such as ‘The Lost Boys’, ‘Twilight’ and ‘Let The Right One In’.

    The directorial style is very similar to the hit TV show ‘The Office’ as it is able to create humour in the realism and personal interviews and monologues. This method also allows it to be genuinely scary at times such as when we meet the housemate inspired by ‘Nosferatu’. The extreme and realistic gore also comes across as very brutal and juxtaposes the silly gags.

    The actors are all very good. Dead pan. Great delivery.


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