Taika Waititi’s new feature film, What We Do In the Shadows, which is about vampires in Wellington, has had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. After the premiere, Taika tweeted this shot of the audience, with the comment: We ate all of them directly after the Q&A.
Reviewer John Defore in the influential Hollywood Reporter liked the film:
A very funny Kiwi take on vampire lore and its application to the modern world, Taika Waititi’s and Jemaine Clement’s What We Do in the Shadows introduces a quartet of vampires who share the same Wellington house and, like any other flatmates, squabble over the chores — the difference being that tidying up is a good bit more gruesome in this household than in most. Ace writing and comic performances ensure love from the geek sector, while the presence of Flight of the Conchords co-star Clement both behind and in front of the camera should help attract attention beyond that realm… However tired one may be of the mockumentary format, the shtick is well suited for this material; in fact, it’s easy to imagine a straighter storytelling approach falling flat or playing like an Addams Family rip-off. What we have here looks like an undead edition of The Real World.
The first review was by Eric Vespe who wrotes on AintItCool News:
I was a fan of [Jemaine] Clement and Waititi’s previous feature collaboration Eagle vs Shark, but I get the feeling I’ll revisit What We Do In The Shadows ten times more. The jokes are just so out of left field, the blood flows in gushes of arterial spray and the complete random nature of the gags just tickle my funny bone in ways that I feel will hold up to repeat viewings.
When the duo took the stage at the Egyptian Theater they made sure to inform us that this documentary we were about to see changed their lives and caused them to question who the real vampires were… the blood-sucking subjects, the documentary crew themselves or the audience who was about to watch the totally real and in no way fabricated documentary about the vampire scene in Wellington, New Zealand. So you know what kind of tone they were setting for this incredibly funny faux-documentary about four vampires that share a Wellington flat.
Another brief review was tweeted by Ryland Aldrich who wrote:
The Waititi/Clement vampire mockumentary is 90 hilarious minutes of NZ ridiculousness. Not disappointed.
News from FOD – January 17
On the eve of its world premiere in Sundance, Funny Or Die is partnering with Unison Films and Defender Films on the broad comedy “What We Do in the Shadows.”
Frequent collaborators Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement shared writing, directing and acting duties in “Shadows,” which is full of one-liners showcasing that whether you’re immortal or human, life is better with friends.
Waititi, Chelsea Winstanley and Emanuel Michael produced the film, which makes its world premiere on Sunday, Jan. 19 at midnight at the Egyptian Theatre in Park City. CAA brokered the deal and is repping the film’s domestic distribution rights.
In partnering with the film, FOD will leverage its social media and marketing reach leading up to the films’ release, once it sells to a distributor. FOD most recently worked with Clement this summer when Flight of the Conchords headlined FOD’s “Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Tour.” (…)