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What We Do in the Shadows (2014)

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Viago, Deacon and Vladislav are vampires who are finding that modern life has them struggling with the mundane - like paying rent, keeping up with the chore wheel, trying to get into nightclubs and overcoming flatmate conflicts.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jemaine Clement ... Vladislav
Taika Waititi ... Viago
Jonny Brugh ... Deacon (as Jonathan Brugh)
Cori Gonzalez-Macuer ... Nick
Stu Rutherford ... Stu
Ben Fransham ... Petyr
Jackie van Beek ... Jackie (as Jackie Van Beek)
Elena Stejko Elena Stejko ... Pauline (The Beast)
Jason Hoyte ... Julian
Karen O'Leary ... Policewoman
Mike Minogue ... Policeman
Chelsie Preston Crayford ... Josephine (as Chelsie Preston-Crayford)
Ian Harcourt ... Zombie
Ethel Robinson Ethel Robinson ... Katherine
Brad Harding Brad Harding ... Vampire Hunter
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Storyline

Follow the lives of Viago (Taika Waititi), Deacon (Jonathan Brugh), and Vladislav (Jemaine Clement) - three flatmates who are just trying to get by and overcome life's obstacles-like being immortal vampires who must feast on human blood. Hundreds of years old, the vampires are finding that beyond sunlight catastrophes, hitting the main artery, and not being able to get a sense of their wardrobe without a reflection-modern society has them struggling with the mundane like paying rent, keeping up with the chore wheel, trying to get into nightclubs, and overcoming flatmate conflicts. Written by Production

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Some interviews with some vampires.

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Comedy | Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for bloody violent content, some sexual material and language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Stu Rutherford (Stu), had not played a primary acting role in a movie prior to appearing in this one. He was an extra in Boy (2010). Stu was a part-time business analyst for a Wellington company, LanWorx. He was hired for the film under the impression that he would be working on computers, and that he would play a small part in the film. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the movie, Vladislav says Viago was an 18th century dandy before becoming a vampire. If Viago was 379 years old in 2013, that means he was born in 1634, more than a century before the appearance of dandies. See more »

Quotes

Deacon: I think we drink virgin blood because it sounds cool.
Vladislav: I think of it like this. If you are going to eat a sandwich, you would just enjoy it more if you knew no one had fucked it.
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Crazy Credits

There is a brief "hypnotic" session at the very end of the credits. See more »

Connections

References Twilight (2008) See more »

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Gloria RV 589
Written by Antonio Vivaldi
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Outstanding, The Office meets The Flying Conchords
21 July 2014 | by brian-marshnzSee all my reviews

I laughed and laughed and laughed.

This is not a Vampire Movie, this is a mockumentary about some flatmates who happen to be vampires, just, y'know, incidentally.

It is laugh-out-loud (LOL, young people) funny for extended periods. There is a lot of under-stated humour, but it has the feel of Peter Jackson's Bad Taste, made on weekends over an extended period - "what can we do in this scene to make it even funnier?"

Being from NZ, I feel unsure whether I am on the the inside of an in-joke (the police officers, for example) but plenty of people seemed to get the Conchords, so who knows, really.

If you "get" The Office and you "get" The Conchords, you'll love it.

For true.

Bro.


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Country:

New Zealand

Language:

English | German | Spanish | Latin

Release Date:

13 February 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Wellington, New Zealand See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$88,940, 15 February 2015

Gross USA:

$3,469,224

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,946,808
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (Spanish dubbing mix)

Color:

Color | Black and White (reenactment)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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