We recently shared the short film Oculus: Chapter 3 – The Man with the Plan, the project by Mike Flanagan that became the feature film Oculus in 2013. It’s actually one of many well-known horror movies that began life as a short film. It gave us the idea to feature more of these embryonic manifestations, blueprints that would lay the groundwork for something expansive. It’s a series we’re calling Before It Was a Feature. As the popularity of short films continues to swell, we can expect to see more examples of this phenomenon in the years to come.
Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi wrote, directed, and starred in What We Do in the Shadows, released in 2014; other cast members include Cori Gonzalez-Macuer and Jonny Brugh. It’s a brilliant horror comedy/mockumentary that was immensely lauded, yet somehow still feels underappreciated. But those who caught the fever have been looking forward to a sequel/spinoff We’re Wolves (as in “not swear-wolves”) for ages, and we recently got an update in the film’s status.
This time around the fake documentary crew will follow a pack of werewolves. “The movie is called ‘We’re Wolves,’” said Waititi, repeating the title to make sure the audience got the pun. “It’s a wordplay. Americans love word plays. You guys love puns.”
Most people never knew that What We Do in the Shadows began as a short film, release back in 2006. You can watch in in its entirety below for an unprecedented window into the movie’s evolution. And yes, it’s funny as fuck. Enjoy!
Official Synopsis: Viago, Deacon, and Vladislav are vampires who are finding that modern life has them struggling with the mundane – like paying rent, keeping up with the chore wheel, trying to get into nightclubs, and overcoming flatmate conflicts.