Blood-red premiere for vampires

Co-writers and stars Jemaine Clement, left, and Taika Waititi, who also directed, flank Ben Fransham, who is definitely an actual horrifying vampire. Having him at the premiere is probably some kind of health and safety hazard, but hey we don't make the rules.
Co-writers and stars Jemaine Clement, left, and Taika Waititi, who also directed, flank Ben Fransham, who is definitely an actual horrifying vampire. Having him at the premiere is probably some kind of health and safety hazard, but hey we don't make the rules.
Rhys Darby, who plays a werewolf in the film, wasn't actually acting. That's not to say he's actually a real werewolf, because they don't exist, and besides that would be defamatory, but he does spend a lot of time howling and that. He's pictured here with his wife Rosie, who by all accounts is normal and quite lovely.
Rhys Darby, who plays a werewolf in the film, wasn't actually acting. That's not to say he's actually a real werewolf, because they don't exist, and besides that would be defamatory, but he does spend a lot of time howling and that. He's pictured here with his wife Rosie, who by all accounts is normal and quite lovely.
Geoff Wong and Andrew Lee are visibly not real vampires, but they're hoping their crude disguises will last them the night, at the very least. It can only be described as a macabre charade.
Geoff Wong and Andrew Lee are visibly not real vampires, but they're hoping their crude disguises will last them the night, at the very least. It can only be described as a macabre charade.
What We Do in the Shadows star Ethel Robinson, 98, has her red carpet moment.
What We Do in the Shadows star Ethel Robinson, 98, has her red carpet moment.
Supporters and fans have some friendly messages for the cast of the film.
Supporters and fans have some friendly messages for the cast of the film.
Roxy Coervers and Rachel Rouge definitely look spooky as all get out on the red carpet.
Roxy Coervers and Rachel Rouge definitely look spooky as all get out on the red carpet.
Robert Thiago, Johann Nortje and an alarmingly happy Cam Richards, thinking about how delicious human blood is outside Embassy Theatre.
Robert Thiago, Johann Nortje and an alarmingly happy Cam Richards, thinking about how delicious human blood is outside Embassy Theatre.

Wellington's Embassy Theatre was drenched in fake blood last night to mark the Wellington premiere of Kiwi vampire comedy What We Do in the Shadows.

Blood-red carpet was draped over the entrance and ground as dedicated fans staked out the theatre yesterday, hoping to catch a glimpse of the film's ghoulish stars.

What We Do in the Shadows is a mockumentary comedy about New Zealand vampires, co-written, co-directed, and co-starring Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi.

BLOOD THIRSTY: Jemaine Clement(Vladislav), Ben Fransham(Petyr), and Taika Waititi(co-director and Viago) at the premiere of What We Do in the Shadows at the Embassy Theatre.
BLOOD THIRSTY: Jemaine Clement(Vladislav), Ben Fransham(Petyr), and Taika Waititi(co-director and Viago) at the premiere of What We Do in the Shadows at the Embassy Theatre.

Clement said he was looking forward to celebrating: "We'll have a party with everyone then later we'll drain them of their blood."

The movie was filmed over five weeks in late 2012 at a soundstage in Miramar and various locations around Wellington, including parts of the Town Belt, the Mt Victoria Bowling Club and several Wellington city flats.

The film follows three vampires, Viago, Deacon, and Vladislav, who are trying to get by in modern society alongside their habit of feasting on human blood.

FANG FACE: Rhys Darby, who plays a werewolf, and his wife Rosie.
FANG FACE: Rhys Darby, who plays a werewolf, and his wife Rosie.

Early reviews of the film have been positive.

One reviewer described it as ''total surprise; a silly, scary delight'' and another as a ''memorable, entertaining, and very, very funny; a bona fide, blood-red gem''.

What We Do in the Shadows is released in New Zealand tomorrow.


The Dominion Post