TIFF 2014: What We Do in the Shadows Wins People’s Choice Midnight Madness Award
The 2014 Toronto International Film Festival concluded over the weekend, and the people have voted. The winner of this year’s Grolsch People’s Choice Midnight Madness Award was the horror comedy mockumentary What We Do in the Shadows.
We previously learned that The Orchard and Unison Films are partnering up on the release of What We Do in the Shadows (review), the former handling U.S. digital, DVD, and broadcast distribution while the latter is in charge of the U.S. theatrical release.
The movie hails from “Flight of the Conchords” co-creator Jemaine Clement and frequent collaborator Taika Waititi; it follows a group of centuries-old bloodsuckers trying to navigate today’s world. Clement, Waititi, Jonathon Brugh, Cori Gonzalez-Macuer, and Stu Rutherford star.
Consider the living quarters of vampires, and stodgy old castles in Transylvania may come to mind. But these aren’t your typical bloodsuckers. Viago (379 years old), Deacon (183 years old), Vladislav (862 years old), and Peter (8,000 years old) have chosen to share a flat in Wellington, New Zealand. Unfortunately for them, it’s hard to make new friends due to their constant thirst for blood. Without any mortal chums left to invite them in to all of the hip establishments around town, they’ve lost touch with the current social scene. Can these creatures of the night put aside their differences as roommates and adapt to modern society?