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What We Do in the Shadows (2014)

Comedy, Horror

Directors: Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi
Writers: Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi
Starring: Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi, Jonathan Brugh, Cori Gonzalez-Macuer

"Some interviews with some vampires"

Forget the morally tormented, beautiful vampires from "Twilight" and their charming colleagues from "True Blood", with problems of coexistence with humans. The new vampires come from New Zealand and are incorrigible fools, dealing with the difficulties of the Skype and YouTube era.

Viago, Deacon and Vladislav are currently in what they call "a flatting situation," sharing a gothic house in suburban Wellington, and being vampires does not prevent them to live together in harmony, except for small grievances. Each one of them has its own background and a well-defined character. Deacon, for example, didn't wash his bloody dishes for 5 years and the sink is a disaster. The eldest of the group is a 8000 year old bloodsucker, Petyr who lives in a coffin in the basement. One evening, driven by hunger, he ends up turning the human slave of Deacon, a college student who was to act as a sacrificial victim.

What We Do in the Shadows, a film most likely destined to become cult, is structured as a fake documentary and exploits the presence of a human television crew which follows the protagonists day and night. It's like a breath of fresh air for both the now abused genre of mockumentary and vampire movies alike.

Those who stick around until the end of the credits will have a great, vampire style farewell.

Plot summary from IMDb: 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.

Awards: 11 wins & 7 nominations.
Runtime: 86 min



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