What We Do in the Shadows

New Zealand  (2014), 🕒 86 min
Coming up with original ways to describe multiple works within one same month/week/issue can be hard. On top of that, reviews need to be interesting in addition to informative. Test 1,2,3… Koala review

  • Koalometer 76,5% 76,5%
  • Easy to watch 93% 93%

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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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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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*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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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.
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.

Taika Waititi

Director & Viago

Jemaine Clement

Director & Vladislav

Jonny Brugh


Rhys Darby



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LET'S PLAY A GAME, take a shot or smoke a joint (or BOTH) whenever:

– the words “Vampire” “Flat” or “Werewolf” are said
– there is a voice over
– text appear onscreen
– Petyr is spoken to and does no respond
– Viago complains
– there is a flashback or reenactment
– someone does a confessional
– a vampire staple is said or explained (garlic, sunlight, etc..)
– there is blood onscreen

Finish your drink:
After a major artery is nicked
Someone is exposed to sunlight
Someone is exposed to a full moon


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