ByJasmine Callender, writer at
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Jasmine Callender

It has been announced recently the critically acclaimed vampire mockumentary, What We Do in the Shadows, will soon swoop onto the small screen. Airing at Sundance Film Festival 2014, the film followed four flatmates - who also happened to be (somewhat hopeless) vampires - as they lived ordinary paranormal lives in the city of Wellington. The six-part series, announced by actor and director Taika Waititi on Twitter, promises more mishaps from the malignant spirits - but this time from the perspective of the Wellington police force. Here are five things we would love to see in the spin-off.

1. A Cameo From The Original Cast

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Image: Madman Entertainment

'Yeah some of our clothes are from victims. You might bite someone and then, you think, 'Oooh, those are some nice pants!'

Both Jermaine Clement and Taika Waititi directed, wrote and starred in WWDITS alongside Jonathan Brugh. It is unclear whether they will have the same roles in the production, but a potential appearance from the trio should be a given. They made the spoof - both literally and figuratively.

2. More Awkward Encounters With The 21st Century

In arguably the most hilarious scene of the film, Vladislav and the rest of the crew are taught the basics of technology by their crimson-faced human, Stu. How can you teach an 800-year-old about cursors, Youtube, and selfies? Hopefully the series will include this kind of impromptu comedy gold with a dash of zany cliché for good measure.

3. Sassy Self-Awareness

Image: Madman Entertainment
Image: Madman Entertainment

The vampires can relate to other famous bloodsuckers, past and present. Their appearances featured aspects from the classics - from Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1973) and Louis de Pointe du Lac in Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994), to Edward Cullen in Twilight (2008.) The film incorporated, and name-dropped, many other films - telling us outright it stands alone as a vampire film amongst them all. It featured general stereotypes, including a lack of reflection and fear of crucifixes, as well as referencing more recent in film and TV. Personally, I would love to see the Paranormal Event Response Unit take down a mopey, yet glistening, Edward Cullen as well as include our favorite gothic coffin-dwellers.

4. Werewolves (*NOT* Swearwolves)

Our favorite, cuss-hating werewolves have to make an appearance. The idea of rivalry between werewolves and vampires is tale as old as time itself - I am expecting the cops having to break up more than a few scraps. Rumour has it, a feature-length sequel called We're Wolves is on the cards for director Taika Waititi, giving an insight into the ‘ordinary’ lives of the beasts seen in the original. However, having directing credits on some impressive upcoming movies such as Thor: Ragnarok and the recently released film Hunt For The Wilderpeople, we could be in for a wait for the side-splitting sequel to arrive on our screens.

5. Oblivious Officers of the Law

Image: Madman Entertainment
Image: Madman Entertainment

'I really hope those guys don't kill those police because it means more police will come.'

Carnage at a local park and a murdered vampire hunter left the seemingly dimwitted officers, Karen and Mike, unfazed. With the spin-off dedicated to them, I am expecting the paranormal crimes to be swept under the carpet and for vampires, werewolves, and ghouls alike to run the city of Wellington. Yet again, maybe the unit will save the day against the undead and actually do their job - who knows!

So, fang fans - we have six half-hour episodes to look forward to and it may be arriving sooner than we think. Although we are yet to find out whether it is airing in the UK or other countries worldwide, Paranormal Event Response Unit is scheduled to premiere on New Zealand channel, TVNZ 2, once produced.

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Are you looking forward to the TV spinoff? Who is your favourite vampire from the film? Let us know in the comments below!


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