'What We Do in The Shadows' set to return as FX series with newer vampires and their twisted Staten Island tales
Gone are the days when our vampires would just float mid-air vacuuming the house. Let's just say, they are a lot more human when it comes to vacuuming now.
Netflix's very popular horror comedy on vampires, 'What We Do in The Shadows' is set to make its comeback, but the reboot, unlike the original film by the streaming platform, will arrive as a series only on FX. The first trailer for it came out a little over a week ago, and by the looks of it, a lot has changed since the times of the golden trio of vampires, who adored flying around vacuuming their place.
But the vacuuming situation isn't the only thing that's different from the original movie in the upcoming series. For starters, there are a lot more vampires than the original trio from the New Zealand vampire comedy, whose opening scene was a lot similar to 'The Blair Witch Project.' In the series, the vampires aren't being introduced as three ancient men trying to make the best out of a life full of caricature, ridiculous situations, and humor, like the original film, showed.
In the revamped lives of our same vampires, we see them going out a lot more - and also not floating mid-air on vacuum cleaners. And in the film, there's also the additional character of a woman, the eccentric and bloodthirsty Nadja, whose personality somehow steals the show.
The synopsis of the FX series describes the reboot as: "Based on the feature film of the same name 'What We Do In the Shadows' is a documentary-style look into the daily (or rather, nightly) lives of four vampires who've 'lived' together for hundreds of years in Staten Island. After an unexpected visit from their dark lord and leader, the vampires are reminded of what they were initially tasked with upon their arrival in New York City over a century ago -- total and complete domination of the New World. But what exactly is the best way to go about achieving said domination? A vérité camera crew follows along as the vampires set out to answer this query."
But as the revamped vamps go about answering their query, as seen from the trailer, they don't really have the "tension" that arose frequently among the trio in the original. In that, they are mostly accustomed to their own ways, which is, for the lack of a better term, chilling.
These vampires have finally figured out the correct way to use a vacuum cleaner - without floating mid-air. Also, the trailer hasn't shown any of the house meetings the original vampires called and neither are there as many shots of tequila floating around in the reboot either.
Sadly, there's been no sign of the hilarious lack of invitations and no entries into pubs either. Almost as if as a replacement for the newly turned vampire in the original, Nick, we have in the reboot what the new vampires call a familiar, in the form of Guillermo. As these new vampires put it, he is a regular human helping them around in the hopes of being turned by one of them, but sadly that never happens.
And, of course, there's Nadja (Natasia Demetriou) with her own elaborate schemes and style, adding an air of chic to everything as she and her very amusing husband go about their promiscuous ways, sharing laughs and eye-rolls alike as they adjust to the rest of the vampires in the house.
There's also a very peculiar character in the reboot called Collin Robinson, played by the hilarious Mark Proksch, similar to his character Nate from 'The Office,' an energy vampire - aka someone who sucks the energy out of a person with his talk. Kayvan Novak plays the role of what looks like the vampire in-charge, Nandor.
Matt Berry joins the cast as Laszlo, Nadja's husband, and Harvey Guillen plays the familiar, Guillermo. The reboot will be helmed by Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi who played the main roles as vampires Vladislav and Viago, respectively, joined by Jonathan Brugh as Deacon in the original mockumentary.
'What We Do in The Shadows' reboot is set to arrive Wednesday, March 27, as a four-episode series, only on FX.