What We Do In The Shadows

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Director: Jermaine Clement & Taika Waititi
Cast: Jermaine Clement, Taika Waititi, Jonathan Bough
Genre: Comedy horror
Language: English & German with English subtitles
Country of Origin: New Zealand 2013 86 mins.
Official Selection 2014 Sundance and Berlin International Film Festival
Released by METRODOME

'An hilarious Kiwi laugh out loud surreal vampire spoof that could become cult viewing.'

It's tough being a vampire. No sunbathing, can't wear silver, sounds cool to top up on a virgin's blood but you've got to find one and if you hit a main artery it's such a waste and then there's house mates that don't pull their weight. That's bad enough but if you're an East European vampire living in the suburbs of Wellington, New Zealand then it's all too much.

Viago (Taika Waititi), Deacon (Jonathan Bough), and Vladislav (Jermaine Clement) are three vampires living together and trying to cope with modern life - paying rent, cleaning the house, ironing and enjoying life which includes the massive problem of trying to get into nightclubs and late night confrontations between vampires and werewolves who really pong. Of course the lads are perfectly normal except that they're immortal, have canines to kill for and want the occasional sip of human blood, preferably from a virgin. And then 'pre-deceased' Stu, a human enters their lives. How can a vampire do? With a camera crew following their day-to-day exploits talk to the camera, let it out. People will understand.

When 8000 year-old basement dwelling housemate, Petyr (Ben Fransham), who's dropped in straight from Nosferatu, with a look to die for the best set of fangs you've ever seen, turns young Nick (Cori Gonzalez-Macuer) into a vampire, the lads sense that they need to guide him through his newfound eternal life and in doing so they're forced to learn a few things about modern life.

150 hours of improvised footage pared down to 86 minutes of laugh-out-loud crazy, surreal blood spattered humour. Who knows, perhaps 'What we do in the Shadows' could be destined for late night cult.

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Monday, April 13, 2015 - 01:15