WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS marks the directorial debut for the 40-year-old Clement, best known for HBO’s Flight of the Conchords and as voice of the bad bird Nigel in the Rio films. He co-directed, co-wrote, and co-stars with fellow New Zealander Taika Waititi (also his co-star in 2007’s Eagle vs Shark). Shot in their homeland on a shoestring budget more than a year ago, the movie won early raves on the festival circuit and got the attention of Funny or Die‘s fledgling film unit, which is distributing the movie.
Clement plays Vladislav, one of three bloodsucking roommates trying to blend into modern society in spite of their centuries-old age.
In theaters February 13, 2015
WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS chronicles the adventures of four vampire roommates trying to get by in a modern world that’s not always hospitable to the undead. Clement and Waititi, creators of the HBO hit series “Flight of the Conchords,” co-wrote, co-directed, and co-star in this hilarious send-up in which an endearingly unhip quartet of friends reveal to us or, rather, to the documentary crew that’s filming them, the details of their daily-make that nightly-routine. Ranging in age from 183 to 8,000, and in appearance from adorably youthful to Nosferatu-crusty, they squabble over household chores, struggle to keep up with the latest trends in technology and fashion, antagonize the local werewolves, cruise clubs for lovely ladies, and deal with the rigors of living on a very, very strict diet. The film also stars Rhys Darby, Jonathan Brugh, Cori Gonzalez-Macuer, Stu Rutherford, and Jackie Van Beek, and was produced by Waititi, Chelsea Winstanley and Emanuel Michael.
Starring: Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi, Rhys Darby, Jonathan Brugh, Cori Gonzalez-Macuer, Stu Rutherford, and Jackie Van Beek