Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clements’ vampire mockumentary
The Overlap Between Show And Film
Just like the original movie, the series focuses on a group of vampires living as roommates, though this time they’re located in Staten Island. According to Clement, it is set within the same world of the movie, though there are no plans to crossover yet. It’s dark, funny, and bloody as the group of friends navigate the boring mundanity of the mortal world while still finding enough humans to keep them alive. It’s gothic, gory, and grim, with the same sweetness as the 2014 cult hit.
One of the key differences is that the show features multiple female lead characters. The series introduces Natasia Demetriou as Nadia one of the vampiric flatmates, and
Matt Berry plays saucy bloodsucker and Nadia’s husband, Lazlo. Kayvan Novak plays the Vlad the Impaler inspired Nandor the Relentless. His familiar, Guillermo, is a core part of the show, with Harvey Guillen taking on the role. We also get a brand new kind of vamp in Mark Proksch’s Colin Robinson, who is a so-called Energy Vampire, a daywalker who leeches the emotional aura of humans by being incredibly boring and annoying. Sound familiar?.
FX’s show also adds new stakes. An elder vampire sent the new gang to America a hundred years ago to take over the “New World”. That did not happen. So when their enigmatic leader checks on their progress, the bloodsuckers are suddenly under a lot of pressure to strike hard and fast in their pursuit of power.
How the Show Functions On Its Own
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One of the unexpected strengths of the series is the 30 minute format. Shows like
Why You Should Watch It
It’s unlike anything on television at the moment. It’s a chance to see Waititi and Clement reunite on a passion project they generated decades before either of them directed Marvel movies or voiced Disney crabs.
If you’ve yet to discover the wonder of Matt Berry and the other brilliant and lesser known comedy actors who fill the world of the new