Stars come out of shadows

Last updated 21:35 13/06/2014
Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement

STARS: Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement mingled with guests at the Auckland screening.

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Cobwebbed stairs, casual vampires and suspicious blood-red marks on the necks of cinema-goers – it was a fitting scene for the New Zealand premiere of What We Do In The Shadows tonight.

Auckland's Newmarket Event cinema was also festooned with candlesticks and dead flowers for the spooky session, appropriately timed for Friday the 13th. 

Director Taika Waititi and actor Jemaine Clement mingled with an enthusiastic crowd before introducing the film, a mockumentary following a group of undead flatmates in Wellington.

But Viago, aged 379 years, Deacon, 183, Vladislav, 862, and Peter, 8000, are no Edward Cullens.

Instead the group of old, out-of-touch vampires have their attitudes re-vamped in a bid to adapt to modern society – without sucking out all of its blood.

Clement and Waititi originally came up with the idea eight years ago and the feature is roughly based on a short film that the two made in 2005.

What We Do In The Shadows is set to premiere in Wellington on June 18.

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