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Written and directed by Kiwi duo Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi What We Do In The Shadows is a vampire mockumentary/ comedy-horror about three flatmates who share a house together in Wellington, New Zealand. Filmed in Wellington in 2012, it is Waititi’s first film since the 2010 hit Boy.

The official synopsis is as follows:

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.

The film premiered at Sundance where it received positive reviews, and it has been picked up for release in Australia by Madman Films.

This trailer is just about the funniest thing I have seen for a while. I really do love a clever jab at genre films. I really hope this plays Sydney Film Festival ahead of its release, because it’s just the type of film which is so fun to see with a big, rowdy crowd.

For more details visit the official website, or search the rather amusing hastag #DELICIOUSNECKS on Twitter and/or Instagram.

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