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What We Do in the Shadows

  • 2014
  • R
  • 86min
  • 96%
  • 7.7 / 10

A group of well-meaning vampires is found to be living together in Wellington, New Zealand. Vladislav is an 862-year-old former leader played by Jermaine Clement. Viago is a 379-year-old vampire who is the leader of the house. He is almost like a mother to the rest of the vampire clan. Petyr is the oldest of the bunch, aged 8000, and resembles Nosferatu. And then there’s Deacon who is the “youngest” and most rebellious of the bunch at age 183. The group is followed around Wellington by a documentary crew as they try to blend in with modern day life and all that it entails.

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The film has its fair share of vampires, but did you know many of them are based on vampires from other famous movies? Petyr is almost a clone of the iconic Count Orlok from Nosferatu. Deacon is based on Bela Lugosi’s portrayal from the film Dracula. Vladislav is very similar to the character played by Gary Oldman from Dracula. Nick looks and acts similar to Edward from the Twilight series. Viago shares a lot of similarities to Louis de Pointe du Lac from Interview with the Vampire.


about the movie

What We Do in the Shadows is a 2014 horror comedy film directed, starring and written by Jermaine Clement and Taika Waititi. It had an estimated budget of $1.6 million and earned $6.9 million at the box office. It premiered at Sundance Film Festival in January 2014 and was later released on February 13, 2015, in the United States. It is based on the 2005 short film also directed by Waititi and Clement called What We Do in The Shadows: Interviews with Some Vampires. It is highly rated on Rotten Tomatoes with a score of 96%. In fact, it’s listed as the number 68 movie on the sites Top 100 comedies of all time.

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