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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

One of the portraits of Viago shown in the film identifies him as a count. Some sources including Wikipedia list Viago's full name as Viago von Blitzenberg. In a promotional video Taika Waititi filmed in character as Viago for the New Zealand dating site FindSomeone, his name is given as Viago von Grossenhymen. In "The Trial" episode of the TV series "What We Do In the Shadows," Viago introduces himself as Viago von Dorna Schmarten Scheden Heimburg. See more »

Goofs

During the trial of Nick when Vladislav (Clements) is talking to Viago (Waititi), you can see Vlad break character and smile. He quickly goes back to a straight face. See more »

Quotes

Viago: I went in the lounge the other day and there was blood all over my nice antique couch.
Vladislav: Which one? The red one?
Viago: Well it's red now, yeah.
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

References Blade (1998) See more »

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El Condor Pasa
Written by Daniel Alomía Robles (as Daniel Alomia Robles)
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Awesome NZ Comedy
20 June 2014 | by PhantasmicFoxSee all my reviews

The three lead vampires in this film were absolutely fantastic, especially Jonathon Brugh (His solo dance routine was one of the most awkwardly hilarious things I have ever seen!). I loved all three of the main characters and their interactions with Stu. I was laughing the whole way through this film which is continuously funny.

I actually found some of the scenes to be quite frightening, especially when the vampires are chasing one of their victims through their home! This scene was one of my favourites.

I don't think it needed to be a mockumentary though. Sometimes the shots were purposefully too long which felt unnecessary and just slowed the pace of the film. Some of the jolty, hand-held camera shots could be a bit annoying too. Otherwise, I loved it and definitely recommend it! I hope it claims top spot for its opening weekend in NZ.


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Country:

New Zealand

Language:

English | German | Spanish | Latin

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:

$88,940, 15 February 2015

Gross USA:

$3,469,224

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,946,808
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Technical Specs

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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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