I know, at the start of this month, I said I was going to aim at “New Zealand-famous” artists rather than “famous artists who are New Zealanders”, but What We Do in the Shadows is one of the movies that really propelled Taika Waititi from the first category to the second. Unlike the later American tv show, the movie was filmed on location in Wellington and the cast is all Kiwi.
If you haven’t seen it yet (I hadn’t!), it’s a mockumentary following around a group of vampire roommates through their daily lives – divvying up chores, finding human victims, dealing with local werewolves or with those people who were initially slated for dinner but ended up vampires themselves. It’s wickedly funny, bloody, and reminds me of a vampire version of Peep Show.
I was hooked from the opening scene: