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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jemaine Clement ... Vladislav
Taika Waititi ... Viago
Jonny Brugh ... Deacon (as Jonathan Brugh)
Cori Gonzalez-Macuer Cori Gonzalez-Macuer ... Nick
Stu Rutherford 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 Karen O'Leary ... Policewoman
Mike Minogue Mike Minogue ... Policeman
Chelsie Preston Crayford ... Josephine (as Chelsie Preston-Crayford)
Ian Harcourt 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

Taglines:

Some interviews with some vampires.

Genres:

Comedy | Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

New Zealand | USA

Language:

English | German | Spanish

Release Date:

13 February 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

What We Do in the Shadows See more »

Filming Locations:

Wellington, New Zealand See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$128,520, 20 February 2015

Gross USA:

$3,333,000
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (Spanish dubbing mix)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi wrote 150 pages of actual script but chose not to show it to a single person involved in the film (both crew and cast). The reasoning was to keep things spontaneous and actors to be surprised by the events unfolding before their eyes. See more »

Goofs

When Deacon fights Nick in the streets, he is wearing a hussar jacket. When he arrives at Jackie's house just after the fight, he is wearing a fur coat. When he talks to Jackie, he is in the hussar jacket again. See more »

Quotes

Deacon: This is what happens when you're a vampire. You have to watch everyone die. Your mother and father. All your friends. Sometimes brutal, like slipping and falling onto a giant spike. Or falling asleep in an autumn pile of leaves and having some of them block your windpipe. Or making the simple mistake of fashioning a mask out of crackers and being attacked by ducks, geese, swans. Or simply dying of old age. But even old age is brutal. Watching your friends grow old. They can't piss, and they say...
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

References Vampires (2010) See more »

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El Condor Pasa
Written by Daniel Alomía Robles (as Daniel Alomia Robles)
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Absurdly Funny!
10 September 2014 | by t-schaffrathSee all my reviews

I watched this movie, knowing nothing about it before, and it completely blew me away. It had me gut-busting from the very first scene throughout the entire movie. The premise of vampire flatmates is absurd, but it works great, because the movie takes its characters just serious enough for the audience to be somewhat emotionally invested in them. The chemistry between the actors is also great. But of course, the biggest strength of the movie is, that it delivers laughs on a very consistent level. Seriously, there was probably a joke every minute, that made me laugh so hard, I cried. I really don't wanna oversell this one, but I think this might be the funniest mockumentary since "This is Spinal Tap". If you like mockumentaries, dark comedy, vampires, or are just generally into humor, definitely go see this one. This is the funniest movie of the year so far, but I'm sure, that won't change.


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