Shining a light on the shadows
Socks and pumpkins
Researching the movie threw up some unexpected gems of vampire lore, says Waititi. “We read a few sites that talked about ways to kill vampires. And there’s lots of old folklore, like, to get rid of a vampire, you steal one of its socks, fill it with garlic and then throw it in the river!” Clement adds: “In Eastern European folklore they turn into pumpkins, but I don’t think people would get the reference – except maybe some old Russian peasant.”
But where’s Bret?
With Jemaine and Rhys both present, there’s an obvious question for Conchords fans: where’s Bret? “We wanted him to be in it,” Clement reveals, “but he was busy doing Muppets music. We actually put him in the original short, but we cut him because he was laughing too much. And his vampire name was Bret too. So we’d introduce him to another vampire and go, ‘ Oh, this is Bret.’ And they were like, ‘ Oh, you’re not even taking it seriously!’”
When it comes to the werewolves vs vampires thing, co- star Rhys Darby admits he’s much more likely to be found on Team Jacob than Team Edward. “I find vampires – the whole very pale thing, the sort of daintiness of it – a bit off- putting. I like the rougher, gruff kind of beast element to the werewolf. You know what you’re getting there.” And as for his favourite werewolf movie, there’s only one possible answer: “It would probably be the Michael J Fox Teen Wolf.”
With the filming involving a lot of improvisation, there’s clearly a lot of potential DVD bonus material. “We’ll definitely include some deleted scenes,” Waititi confirms. “We did interviews with each character, which we hardly even included in the film.” Clement adds: “My favourite scene that was cut was a funeral scene. We lost it for a reason, because we had a death and then mourning and then a funeral – it was too many downers in a row. But maybe we’ll put it back in.”