Shane (frankenshane) wrote in ohnotheydidnt,

Your New Fave Vampire Movie is Slowly Gaining Traction

"A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night” is a wildly inventive Iranian vampire movie that grabs you by the throat with its dark, moody style, pulsating soundtrack and offbeat love story.

Director Ana Lily Amirpour won’t win screenplay of the year honors — the plot and the characters are too thinly drawn — but every frame in this spellbinding pulp flick suggests that she is a filmmaker to watch.

The action centers on a young woman (Sheila Vand, very good) who is dining on the lowlifes (i.e. everyone) of Bad City, a wasteland of empty warehouses and barren streets. The only place with a pulse appears to be the nearby refinery.

When she is not out on the town, our vampire heroine sheds her shroud and listens to ’80s Euro pop in her hipster-like abode. She also develops a thing for a Persian heartthrob (Arash Marandi, also very good) who looks as if he just stepped off the set of “Rebel Without a Cause.”

Influenced by spaghetti Westerns, Jim Jarmusch, comic books, Iranian culture, feminism, techno music and who knows what else, the California-based Amirpour blends this mishmash of elements into something we haven’t quite seen before. She also uses L.A. (quite effectively) as a stand-in for Iran, and opts for black and white photography (kudos to cinematographer Lyle Vincent for his outstanding work).

All this may sound outlandish — and it is — but it’s entertaining and provides the tired vampire genre with a welcome infusion of fresh blood.

Source 1 & 2.

It also features the v gorg Dominic Rains as a sleazy hot drug dealer/pimp. Flavorwire also has an interesting review of the film.
Tags: asian celebrities, film, film - foreign, film - horror, film - suspense / thriller

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