The fourth season of What we do in the shadows, Jemaine Clement’s vampire horror mockumentary, premieres tonight on FX. The horror comedy TV series stars Kayvan Novak, Matt Berry, Natasia Demetriou, Harvey Guillén and Mark Proksch as four hapless vampire roommates who go about their daily undead lives and experience various misadventures in New York City.
Polygon had a chance to chat with the cast of What we do in the shadows to talk about her favorite pieces of vampire media, from Anne Rice and Sheridan Le Fanu’s formative vampire fiction to the lasting influence of Clement and Taika Waititi’s original film.
The Twilight series
Stephenie Meyer’s mega-popular Twilight series is one of Natasia Demetriou’s favorites in vampire media. “I was mostly obsessed with the books,” Demetriou told Polygon. “I’ve read all the books. And yes, that was the first time I thought [exaggerated inhale] Oooooh yes. And then I’m also a fan of human vampires, you know, I think Cher is a vampire and Barbra Streisand is a vampire. So, you know, fans of them.”
What we do in the shadows
It should come as no surprise that Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi’s horror mockumentary what we do in the shadow Aside from inspiring his TV series counterpart, he would be a prominent favorite among the cast’s most popular vampire fiction works. “That [What We Do in the Shadows] Movie, that was really what got my interest, you know, because I loved the movie when it came out,” Matt Berry told Polygon. Demetriou shared the sentiment, describing the original Clement and Waititi film as “absolute gold.”
What we do in the shadows can be streamed on Kanopy with a library card.
Christopher Lee’s Dracula movies with Hammer Horror
Though prior to his work he wasn’t particularly a fan of vampires What we do in the shadows, cited Berry Hammer Horror’s iconic line of Dracula films as some of his favorite vampire films, most notably Christopher Lee’s iconic role as the blood-sucking Count. “The only thing that would have interested me were the Hammer horror movies from the ’60s and ’70s. I would have gotten this far with Christopher Lee playing Dracula.”
Dracula (1958) is available to stream on HBO Max.
Interview with the Vampire (the book)
Anne Rice’s bestselling 1976 novel interview with the vampire, which later inspired Neil Jordan’s 1994 film adaptation of the same name, is one of Harvey Guillén’s favorite works of vampire fiction. “Vampires, monsters and all of that has always fascinated me,” Guillén told Polygon. “But like the books by Anne Rice and Interview with the vampire Above all, I loved growing up. And when I got this role, I just had to revisit that classic love of vampire history.”
In addition to Rice’s The Vampire Chronicles series, Guillén also has an affinity and love for older works of vampire literature, particularly the 1872 Gothic novella Carmilla by Sheridan LeFanu. “[The book] was kind of brushed aside because it was taboo,” Guillén told Polygon. “It was about a vampire, but it was a woman, and then she was gay. That’s another story that I really like. And people discovered it.”
While Bela Lugosi is best known for his role as Count Dracula in the 1931s Dracula and Ygor in the 1939s Frankenstein’s sonit was Martin Landau’s performance as the legendary actor in Tim Burton’s 1994 biographical comedy-drama Ed Wood this initially piqued Kayvan Novak’s interest in the myth of vampires and the history of those who portray them. “Apart from Interview with the vampireI wasn’t really interested in vampires. I wasn’t even there The Lost Boys” Novak told Polygon. “But the movie Ed Wood and Bela Lugosi, and learn about his portrayal of Dracula. The tragic story of his life after that made me more interested in the actors who would play ghouls and, you know, Boris Karloff and this age of scary cinema. And then what happened to the actors after that era was kinda more interesting to me. That more than fired my imagination [exaggerated Transylvanian accent] Draaacula!”
Ed Wood can be rented for $3.99 from Amazon, Apple and Vudu.
Graf von Graf from Sesame Street
Vampires come in all shapes, shapes and sizes, and count by count Sesame Street may not be a horror king, the character is certainly one of the most iconic depictions of vampires in popular culture and a natural favorite of What we do in the shadows“Kayvan Novak.
Sesame Street can be streamed on HBO Max.