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About 125 hours of footage was shot, most of which was improvisation from the cast. The process of editing that down to a 90-minute movie took almost a year.
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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.
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The man who plays Stu is not a actor but actually Stu Rutherford. 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.
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The hill, where the vampires have a run-in with the werewolves, is the same hill filmed in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), where Frodo and the hobbits are running and hiding from the Black Rider under the roots of a tree.
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Taika Waititi based his performance on his mother. Jemaine Clement based his on Gary Oldman in Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992).
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There was talk of a spin-off movie titled 'What We Do in the Moonlight' which would have followed the werewolf pack.
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The directors were able to bring screenings of the film to the United States after a successful Kickstarter fund-raising campaign.
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Each of the main characters are similar to a vampire from a famous vampire movie: Petyr is analogous to Count Orlok from Nosferatu, Deacon reflects Bela Lugosi's Dracula, Vladislav is comparable to Gary Oldman's Dracula, Nick is reminiscent of Edward from Twilight (2008), and Viago is like Louis de Pointe du Lac from Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994).
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The character of Petyr was conceived as devoid of personality, but unscripted scenes of the actor in makeup were expensive so extra footage of the actor in makeup was shot, such as the scene of him listening to music.
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The building used for the exterior shots of the vampires' house used to be Peter Jackson's office.
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The bars and nightclubs the vampires visit are actual bars in Wellington's entertainment district based around Courtenay Place.
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The end credits show that all four of the main human characters share a name with their actors - Stu: Stu Rutherford, Jackie: Jackie van Beek, Officer O'Leary: Karen O'Leary, and Officer Minogue: Mike Minogue.
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"Vlad" refers to himself as "Vlad the poker," a play on the infamous "Vlad the impaler," the 15th-century Transylvanian potentate who was the primary inspiration for Dracula.
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Jackie van Beek (Jackie) was in the early stages of pregnancy while filming.
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One of the most heavily pirated films of 2014.
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The side of The Cathedral of Despair has the nameplate VICTORIA BOWLING CLUB.
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In total, it took 9 years to bring the film to the screen. In the time it took to be made, the number of vampire films and TV shows dramatically increased, which worried the filmmakers.
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Viago and Deacon came to New Zealand from Germany, though Deacon is originally from Romania, along with Petyr. It is implied that Vladislav is also from Romania, as his character is named after after Vlad the Impaler.
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Taika Waititi can speak German having briefly lived in the country so was able to incorporate some of the phrases he remembered into the script.
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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.
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Key influences for the writers were The Lost Boys (1987), Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992) and Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994), all of which are heavily quoted or referenced in the film. As indeed are Blade (1998), Twilight (2008) and Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997).
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During the scene in the bar when the viewer first meets Jackie, the song "The Captain" by The Phoenix Foundation is playing in the background. The band is based in Wellington, NZ, where the movie is set and filmed.
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Despite being inspired by Bram Stoker's classic novel "Dracula", Jemaine Clement still hasn't read the book.
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

They lost a charred, polystyrene skeleton/body during the shoot, after throwing it in the harbor for a funeral scene (the scene didn't end up in the film), and not realizing it was drifting away. Taika Waititi commented on the situation saying, "It was quite realistic looking, so we had to put a press release out saying that if anyone finds this charred body washed up on a beach, don't be alarmed, it's just a prop".
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While the vampires discuss Stu at the Unholy Masquerade, the convenience store cashier (to whom Nick earlier reveals himself to be a vampire) appears briefly in the foreground of the frame.
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