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.
Set on the east coast of New Zealand in 1984, Boy, an 11-year-old child and devout Michael Jackson fan, gets a chance to know his absentee criminal father, who has returned to find a bag of money he buried years ago.
Te Aho Eketone-Whitu,
Who says being an undead creature of the night is easy? With this in mind, three ancient friends and centuries-old vampires--Vulvus, the romantic and somehow temperamental Lord Byron wannabe; Viago, the 19th-century flamboyant dandy, and Deacon, the 107-year-old youngster--invite a documentary crew to shed light on a vampire's daily life. Starting off from the fateful day of their eternal metamorphosis, the modern-day blood-sucking city dwellers do not shy away from answering thoroughly personal questions about their delicate flatting situation--after all, this is an interview and not a mere excuse for a quick and easy meal. Will we ever find out what vampires do in the shadows?Written by
Mildly interesting for fans, but not nearly the film that the 2014 incarnation was.
This is a short film that eventually was remade as a brilliant full- length film, "What We Do in the Shadows". Apparently this short floated around the internet for a while and was used to try to secure funding for the later movie.
What I immediately noticed about this 27 minute short is that it's incredibly low energy compared to the later film. The camera is nearly always stationary, the actors portraying the vampires sound almost as if they are half-asleep and the jokes are very, very few. Because of this, it's not a must-see for fans of the later movie. A few other things you will notice if you watch this one is that the actors' voices are a bit harder to understand as the prosthetic vampire teeth apparently were difficult to talk with clearly. And, the music is very cheap and simple....as is this film itself. Not a terrible film but one that is a mere shadow of its later incarnation and not terribly enjoyable.
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