The Narrative Of The New Zealand

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The narrative of the New Zealand feature film What We Do in the Shadows (2014) directed by Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi, follows the lives of three vampires, Viago, Deacon and Vladislav as they struggle to try to cope with the complexities of modern life. Living in a flat in Wellington, these modern day vampires are faced with the mundanities of everyday life, and things such as paying rent, trying to get into nightclubs and overcoming flatmate conflicts prove to be extremely difficult. What We Do in the Shadows is unique in that it combines parody and cinematography, while also using a mixture of two genres, vampire and mockumentary, to comment on contemporary social formations and to challenge traditional cultural myths. These elements of the film have been used to ensure the portrayal of the horrific as mundane and ordinary. What We Do in the Shadows uses aspects of the vampire genre to demonstrate the changes that the cinematic vampire has faced over the years. As Kane states, “both the demeanour and appearance of the cinematic vampire has changed drastically since its introduction with Bela Lugosi in 1931” (1), which has resulted in the creation of the modern day cinematic vampire that we see in What We Do in the Shadows. Throughout film history three distinct periods of vampire narrative can be observed. Initially, the first cinematic vampires were formally dressed and presented as the leading villains in films, the second type showed more human

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