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What We Do in the Shadows (2014)

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A documentary team films the lives of a group of vampires for a few months. The vampires share a house in Wellington, New Zealand. Turns out vampires have their own domestic problems too.
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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

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Some interviews with some vampires.

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Comedy | Horror

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

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Release Date:

13 February 2015 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

5 Zimmer Küche Sarg  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$200,108 (UK) (23 November 2014)

Gross:

$3,333,000 (USA) (10 May 2015)
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(Spanish dubbing mix)

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1.85 : 1
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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. 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

Vladislav: Leave me to do my dark bidding on the internet!
Viago: What are you bidding on?
Vladislav: I am bidding on a table.
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Crazy Credits

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

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Hypercube
Performed by Orchestra of Spheres
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Goes down as One of My Favourite Comedies
26 December 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

"What We Do in the Shadows" is a mockumentary about four vampires sharing a flat together.

Going into this movie knowing nothing but the above, I did not have any idea what to expect. What I got was one of the funniest movies of this year or any year for that matter. The jokes where brilliant and more importantly, they were frequent and consistently brilliant. I loved the interaction of the main characters with each other and the supporting characters.

Each of the main vampires had their moments and were all equally funny. The movie even had werewolves and they were also hilarious. I was also surprised by the special effects which were really well done.

At one point it did feel like the jokes were getting old, but just as I had finished that thought, the movie changes and ends brilliantly. Even though there isn't much of a story, it doesn't really matter for this movie. Just watching some of the hilarious chaos that ensues in their everyday life is enough.

There are not many movies that make me actually laugh out loud, but this one did on several occasions (usually comedies, even great ones, just keep me grinning through out). This is easily one of the most enjoyable experiences I have had at the cinema.


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