What We Do in the Shadows (2014)

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  • IMDb page: What We Do in the Shadows (2014)
  • Rate: 7.7/10 total 8,995 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Horror
  • Release Date: 13 February 2015 (USA)
  • Runtime: 86 min
  • Filming Location: Wellington, New Zealand
  • Director: Bradley King
  • Stars: Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi, Jonathan Brugh | See full cast and crew »
  • Original Music By: Plan 9   
  • Plot Keyword: Vampire | Swear Words | Dispute | Werewolf Transformation | Witch

Writing Credits By:

    (in alphabetical order)

  • Jemaine Clement  written by
  • Taika Waititi  written by

Known Trivia

  • The hill where the vampires have a run-in with the werewolves is the same hill where the scenes were filmed in “Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring” where Frodo and the hobbits are running and hiding from the Ring-Wraith under the roots of a tree. 25 of 25 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • The bars and nightclubs the vampires visit are actual bars in Wellington’s entertainment district based around Courtenay Place. 17 of 20 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • During the scene in the bar when the viewer first meets Pauline, the song ‘The Captain’ by The Phoenix Foundation is playing in the background. The band is based in Wellington, NZ, where the movie is set and filmed. 6 of 9 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |

Plot: Follow the lives of Viago (Taika Waititi), Deacon (Jonathan Brugh), and Vladislav (Jemaine Clement)… See more » |  »

Story: Follow the lives of Viago (Taika Waititi), Deacon (Jonathan Brugh), and Vladislav (Jemaine Clement) – three flatmates who are just trying to get by and overcome life’s obstacles-like being immortal vampires who must feast on human blood. Hundreds of years old, the vampires are finding that beyond sunlight catastrophes, hitting the main artery, and not being able to get a sense of their wardrobe without a reflection-modern society has them struggling with the mundane like paying rent, keeping up with the chore wheel, trying to get into nightclubs, and overcoming flatmate conflicts. Written byProduction

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Produced By:

  • Jemaine Clement known as co-producer
  • Pamela Harvey-White known as co-producer
  • Emanuel Michael known as producer
  • Taika Waititi known as producer
  • Chelsea Winstanley known as producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Jemaine Clement known as Vladislav
  • Taika Waititi known as Viago
  • Jonathan Brugh known as Deacon
  • Cori Gonzalez-Macuer known as Nick
  • Stuart Rutherford known as Stu
  • Ben Fransham known as Petyr
  • Jackie van Beek known as Jackie
  • Elena Stejko known as Pauline Ivanovich, The Beast
  • Jason Hoyte known as Julian
  • Karen O'Leary known as Officer O'Leary
  • Mike Minogue known as Officer Minogue
  • Chelsie Preston Crayford known as Josephine
  • Ian Harcourt known as Zombie
  • Ethel Robinson known as Katherine
  • Brad Harding known as Vampire Hunter
  • Isaac Heron known as Fix Attendant
  • Yvette Parsons known as Carol, Vampire Witch / MC
  • Madeleine Sami known as Morana
  • Aaron Jackson known as Boogie Wonderland Bouncer
  • Morgana Hills known as Child Vampire
  • Morag Hills known as Child Vampire
  • Frank Habicht known as Phillip
  • Maurice Kapua known as Kumara Bouncer (as Moose Kapua)
  • Denis Welch known as Hypnotised Man / Vladislav's Victim
  • Mario Gaoa known as Bouncer Richie
  • Kura Forrester known as Margaret, Viago's Victim
  • Luke Bonjers known as Vladislav's Victim
  • Rhys Darby known as Anton, werewolf
  • Simon Vincent known as Matt, werewolf
  • Cohen Holloway known as Dion, werewolf
  • Duncan Sarkies known as Declan, werewolf
  • Nathan Meister known as Nathan M, werewolf
  • Tanemahuta Gray known as Nathan G, werewolf
  • Ruby Vincent known as World War II extra
  • Jason Cook known as World War II extra
  • Matthew Harvey-White known as World War II extra
  • Matthew Dravitzki known as World War II extra (as Matt Dravitzki)
  • Roland Hunter known as World War II extra
  • Stan Alley known as World War II extra
  • Lucy Marinkovich known as Succubus
  • Melanie Hamilton known as Succubus
  • Anna Flaherty known as Succubus (as Ana Flaherty)
  • Aaron Lewis known as Aaron The Zombie
  • Belle Gwilliam known as Alisha The Zombie
  • Rodney Cook known as Mauled Cameraman – Dave
  • Freyja MacLeod known as Vampire
  • Tim Capper known as Werewolf (uncredited)
  • Natalie Crane known as Boogie Wonderland Girl (uncredited)
  • Leroy Cross known as Bar Patron (uncredited)
  • Emma Draper known as Beth (uncredited)
  • Graeme Ford known as Zombie (uncredited)
  • Adolf Hitler known as Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
  • Jennifer Martin known as Tracy (uncredited)
  • Christopher Winchester known as Vampire (uncredited)

..{tab=Supporting Department}Makeup Department:

  • Don Brooker known as special makeup effects & prosthetics designer
  • Renee McCarthy known as additional makeup artist
  • Amy McLennan known as makeup artist
  • Roger Murray known as makeup effects designer
  • Michele Perry known as additional makeup artist
  • Main Reactor known as make-up effects
  • Dannelle Satherley known as make up designer: hair designer

Art Department:

  • Brett Blenkin known as carpenter
  • Mathew Hunkin known as graphic artist/illustrator
  • Roland Hunter known as lead scenic artist
  • Jack Tippler known as art department assistant


Production Companies:

  • Unison Films (presents)
  • Defender Films
  • Funny or Die
  • New Zealand Film Commission


  • Unison Films (2015) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Paladin (2015) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Filmfreak Distributie (2014) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Remain In Light (2015) (Belgium) (theatrical)
  • Shochiku Company (2015) (Japan) (theatrical)
  • Weltkino Filmverleih (2014) (Germany) (theatrical)
  • Madman Entertainment (2014) (Australia) (all media)
  • Orchard, The (2015) (USA) (all media)
  • Video Service Corporation (2014) (Canada) (all media)

..{tab=Other Stuff}Visual Effects by:

  • Stan Alley known as visual effects supervisor
  • Malcolm Angell known as visual effects production manager
  • Jason Astley known as visual effects artist
  • Alex Berson known as digital artist
  • Adam Bradley known as digital artist
  • Trevor Brymer known as visual effects
  • Matthew Bullock known as 3d modeler
  • Arthur Chan known as digital artist
  • Jasper Chung known as digital artist
  • Noemie Cruciani known as digital artist
  • Paul Glubb known as visual effects producer
  • Darwin Go known as visual effects supervisor: Park Road Post Production
  • Brad Griffiths known as compositor
  • Quentin Hema known as digital paint supervisor
  • Kosta Lagis known as visual effects artist
  • Iva Lenard known as on set photographer
  • Emrys Plaisted known as visual effects artist
  • Troy Ramsey known as senior paint artist
  • Kenny Smith known as visual effects artist
  • Gareth Thomas known as digital artist
  • Casey Yahnke known as digital artist


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