The folks behind the mocumentary vampire comedy What We Do in the Shadows showed attendees at the Hammerstein Ballroom the pilot episode of the FX spinoff series on Sunday. The series still focuses on a group of vampires living together in a house, but instead of Wellington, New Zealand, the trio of bloodsucking roommates live in Staten Island.
Attendees laughed at the hilarious pilot as three vampires – played by Kayvan Novak (Four Lions), Matt Berry (Community), Natasia Demetriou (Year Friends) – and their familiar, played by Harvey Guillen (The Thundermans), prepared for the arrival of The Baron (an ancient vampire with whom Berry and Demetriou may have some history).
We don’t want to spoil too much, but the bulk of the pilot centers around them preparing for The Baron's arrival, which includes getting “creepy paper” (okay, so it’s actually crepe paper) and rounding up some virgins (fortunately, Guillen's character knows some LARPERS).
We were also introduced to an “energy vampire” played by Mark Proksch, who drains people by talking to them.
“We either drain you through boring conversation or we enrage you,” said the energy vampire as he bores people nearly to death in an office environment.
The pilot clearly has the same look, feel, style and sense of humor as the 2014 film directed by Taika Waititi and Jermaine Clement. Which makes sense, since Clement wrote the pilot episode. Plus, Waititi, who attended the screening, said that the film and the series are in the same universe.
Waititi joked that, with the film, TV spinoff, and their series Wellington Paranormal, they're creating their own cinematic universe to rival Marvel's.
So, does this mean that the Wellington flatmates in the film could make guest appearances?
“Only if something really disastrous happened,” joked Clement at the screening.
The series will air on FX next year.
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