Back in 2014, when Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi’s vampire sharehouse mockumentary What We Do in the Shadows first reached cinemas, it had audiences around the globe in stitches over bloodsuckers. That was a wonderful feat, and so is everything that’s followed — aka the What We Do in the Shadows Universe.
If comic-book characters can have interconnected on-screen realms that spin multiple stories within the same fictional plane, then so can comedic vampires, of course. And, What We Do in the Shadows has kept delivering over the past few years. First came New Zealand-made TV series Wellington Paranormal, which stuck with the movie’s cops (Mike Minogue and Karen O’Leary) as they keep investigating the supernatural. Also, there’s the glorious What We Do in the Shadows television show.
Turning a beloved film into a TV program doesn’t always result in small-screen magic, but it worked for fellow movie-to-television vampire series Buffy the Vampire Slayer — and it works again here. In the Staten Island household where vamps Nandor (Kayvan Novak, Cruella), Laszlo (Matt Berry, Toast of London and Toast of Tinseltown) and Nadja (Natasia Demetriou, Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga) all live, plus energy vampire Colin Robinson (Mark Proksch, The Office) and Nandor’s familiar Guillermo (Harvey Guillen, Werewolves Within), slayers have even staked a claim in the story.
There’s much, much more to the Shadows television spinoff than that — and plenty to laugh at as well. And, the just-dropped trailer for the show’s fourth season promises plenty of giggles. Also, there’s a vampire disco dance-off when the series’ main figures hit the club.
When the original film arrived in cinemas, we all instantly yearned for more, which this American spinoff has been delivering in just as smart, silly and hilarious a fashion as its big-screen predecessor. That’s why it just keeps coming back again and again — as the undead tend to — with season four due to start in the US on Tuesday, July 12.
Fingers crossed that What We Do in the Shadows‘ latest episodes show up Down Under around the same time, which they usually do.
For now, here’s the trailer — neon hues, Boney M’s ‘Rasputin’ and Matt Berry being as Matt Berry as always all included:
What We Do in the Shadows’ fourth season starts streaming in the US on Tuesday, July 12. We’ll update you with release dates Down Under when they’re confirmed.
Published on June 06, 2022 by Sarah Ward