HBO Spain premieres the third season of this hilarious comedy

What is a group of vampires doing selling century-old products they no longer use on eBay? This is how the third installment of ‘What We Do in the Shadows‘ is presented, a comedy created and directed by Taika Waititi (‘Jojo Rabbit’, ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’) and Jemaine Clement which follows, in the key of a mockumentary, a group of bloodsuckers settled for centuries on Staten Island. Their new adventures as they try to live with modern humans is available from this Friday on HBO Spain.

For those who still don’t know these funny bloodsuckers, the main trio of ‘What We Do in the Shadows’ consists of Nandor (Kayvan Novak), Laszlo (Matt Berry) and Nadja (Natasia Demetriou), who share a mansion with Colin ( Mark Proksch), a vampire who feeds on the energy of the people around him -especially his co-workers- and with Guillermo (Harvey Guillén), Nandor’s human-servant-relative who wishes to become one of them, obsessed with eternal life despite fully seeing the consequences. We’ll also see him being promoted to bodyguard after discovering his amazing abilities and prestigious lineage.

Among other novelties, Nandor and company will also have more power, practice supernatural sports, come across mermaids and gargoyles and even enjoy a few days off. There will even be time to search for love. All this with the usual thuggish tone of the series, which travels with ease from satire and parody to absurd humor. A twist that also brings the genre closer to those still skeptical of the supernatural world. You’d really have to have a cold heart not to smile with any of the multiple ‘gags’ of these thirty-minute comedy pills.

A multiplatform success

Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement’s love affair with vampires goes back a long way. In 2005 they wrote, directed and starred in the short ‘What We Do in the Shadows: The Vampire Interview’, a mockumentary in which three vampires explain what life is like in Wellington (New Zealand) and invite the cameras along to accompany them on a night out partying.

They soon understand that the adventures of these supernatural beings trying to adapt to the modern world could continue and in 2014 they released the hilarious feature film ‘What We Do in the Shadows’, which conserved the mockumentary tone while also introducing  other creatures like werewolves and even allowed themselves the luxury of giving a nod to other classics of the genre. It was received to widespread critical and public acclaim winning the Audience Award at the Sitges Film Festival and the Toronto Film Festival 2014.

In 2018, also from Waititi and Clement, the first spin-off of the franchise, ‘Wellington Paranormal’, made it to the small screen, which follows two carefree police officers from this New Zealand city. In March 2020 they offered a special on how to act to take care of yourself during a pandemic.

The same year that ‘Wellington Paranormal’ debuted, the North American chain FX gave the green light to the mockumentary series ‘What We Do in the Shadows’, which has a fourth installment already confirmed. Long live good comedy these once fearsome creatures now convey.

Helena Cortés
Helena Cortés. Journalist (by profession) and audiovisual communicator, is the girl on TV on ABC and ABC Play. I was analyzing series and programs in ‘Non Stop People’ (Movistar +) and Cope and now you can listen in to it on ‘Las cinco letras’ of the ‘El enfoque’ program on Onda Madrid. Learning and lecturing on Journalism at Universidad Carlos III.