Is the What We Do in the Shadows show better than the movie?


In a surprise opinion, the “What We Do in the Shadows” television series is better than the movie and here’s why that’s true.

Is the What We Do in the Shadows television show better than the movie that it’s based on?

That’s a pretty controversial statement. How could that even be possible? Series based off movies, reboots and remakes are almost never as good and even more rarely BETTER than their predecessors. That’s a student becoming the teacher moment if I ever heard it. But it definitely happens and, in my opinion, the show has surpassed the movie in leaps and bounds.

I LOVED the movie. I’m not saying this lightly. I thought the film was amazing and an instant classic. As a person who can give or take most vampire films, this was easily one of my favorite movies that I’ve ever seen. It’s smart, funny and not over-the-top in its humor. There aren’t many horror comedy mockumentaries out there, but this is definitely one of the best. So, that said, the show is ten times better than the movie and there’s a few reasons why.

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With a film, you pretty much have one storyline. It’s an hour and a half of one issue that you watch to get resolved. With the What We Do in the Shadows series, every episode is it’s own little bite sized story. Sure, a couple episodes will cover the same conflict but for the most part, there isn’t a chance for you to get bored with the story.

Not only is the story more fun and varied but the vampires themselves are pretty amazing. That’s not to say that Vladislav (Jemaine Clement), Viago (Taika Waititi) and Deacon (Jonny Brugh) aren’t hilarious because they are and they even show up in a cameo episode. As funny as they were, Nandor (Kayvan Novak), Laszlo (Matt Berry), Nadja (Natasia Demetriou) and Colin (Mark Proksch) just have a great chemistry together.

Moreover,  Nadja may be the funniest out of the bunch and it’s great to see an undead creature of the female persuasion. She is beautiful and wickedly funny. There is even a cameo by Kristen Schaal, which is pretty funny for fans of Flight of the Conchords. I do have a favorite episode but you will have to figure out which episode is the best yourself…it’s pretty easy to spot, though.

Carnivorous Conclusion

What We Do in the Shadows lost nothing from moving to a television series and I was the biggest skeptic of them all. I think Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi having much involvement with the show has kept the same feeling that the movie had. And can we just talk about Doug Jones as the Baron? This man is a national treasure and he can literally do anything. He was even a steampunk snob in The Guild, so that’s proof.

If you haven’t watched What We Do in the Shadows, I highly recommend it. It’s smart, silly, laugh out loud funny and just enough horror to keep everybody happy.

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