“Vampire roommates in New Zealand” is a great logline, and the supremely silly What We Do in the Shadows earns it.
Despite its short runtime, the mockumentary mines a huge amount of clever comedy out of that premise, with jokes that range from gross-out visual gags to next-level wordplay to perfectly timed awkward pauses.
I love all the actors here, but especially writer/director Taika Waititi as the 379-year-old dandy Viago and the surprisingly polite gang of werewolves, led by Rhys Darby, who rebuke each other when one of them uses profanities.
So far, I’ve only seen the first season of the TV show spin-off but would also recommend it for anyone who likes this style of comedy, with one caveat. As many reviewers have noted, the first few episodes are a bit repetitive for anyone who has seen the movie, but by the end of the season, the show goes to bigger and better places.