A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014)

The first Iranian Vampire Western
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  • RT Rating 96%
  • IMDB Rating 7.0

Critic Reviews:

Amirpour trumps story grievances with controlled and sustained direction, shifting gears from frightening vampirisms and Western bravado like it's no big thing. A Girl Walks Home at Night evokes an underground comic book, black ink realizing fringe characters and splashy frames both intimate and wide. There's little indie roughness around the edges of this low-budget genre experiment, any well-tread tropes given new life from the Iranian settings. A Girl Walks Home at Night takes its cues from film of yore, but in Amirpour's hands it's something brand new.

Amirpour lets the images do all of the work for her, a huge strength of the film. The image of a female vampire skateboarding down a street, her voluminous veil flying out behind her, does the job with more poetic satisfaction and truth than any explicit monologue about the repression of women could ever do. [...] Essentially, "A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night" is a film about film, a fresh and exciting re-imagining of a well-worn oft-told genre.

Amirpour’s vampire is not tormented by the agony of living for ever. She knows what she wants and is not unduly troubled by the existential crisis of immortality; neither is she the heroic underdog of Let the Right One In (2008). This vampire victimises and bullies a small child for his skateboard, terrifyingly hissing in his ear: “To the end of your life, I’ll watch you …” It’s a film with bite.