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What we do in the shadows

First it was the award-winning Almighty Johnsons taking not just New Zealand but even the New York Festival by storm. Another export from the Land of the Long White Cloud has me salivating with anticipation.

What we do in the shadows is a vampire comedy about housemates who remind me of He died with a felafel in his hand but with fangs. If the pacing in the trailer is anything to go by, this movie should be hilarious. It’s received rave reviews at the Berlinale and Sundance festivals. I can’t wait.

The blurb says:

Flatmates Viago, Deacon, and Vladislav are three vampires who are just trying to get by in modern society; from paying rent and sticking to the housework roster to trying to get invited in to nightclubs, they’re just like anyone else – except they’re immortal and must feast on human blood.

When their 8000 year-old flatmate Petyr, turns 20-something human hipster Nick, into a vampire, the guys must teach him the ropes and guide him through his new found eternal life. And in return they are forced to learn a thing or two about modern society, fashions, technology, and the internet. But it’s the introduction of Nick’s human friend, Stu, that really changes the vampire’s lives and attitudes towards the ever-changing world around them.

When Stu’s life is threatened, the vamps show us that maybe humans are worth fighting for, and that even though your heart may be cold and dead, it doesn’t mean you can’t feel anything.

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Nalini is an award-winning writer and artist as well as managing editor of Dark Matter Zine.


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