Now one thing I have a deep love for is horror movies. I grew up watching every single one I could get my hands on and forcing my mother to let me pick up 5 for a fiver at blockbuster every Friday (yes I’m that old). Recently my love of horror has came back with a vengeance and I’ve been making up for lost time, so during this horror Renaissance of mine and one movie I began with is Ana Lily Amirpour’s Persian language flick ‘A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night’.
The plot is fairly simple, it’s a romance set in an Iranian ghost town that involves all the typical tropes of a ‘will they won’t they’ romance. Oh and the chick’s a vampire. For all it’s simplicity the strongest draw of this movie is it’s sheer beauty, the female characters are lit up like old movie stars and the whole thing has a western/film noir feel (no doubt aided by the choice to shoot in black and white). The overall effect is less hammer horror and more ‘Double Indemnity’, just with added fangs.
When so much of our conversation about the contemporary Middle East is dominated by topics of war and extremism, to see a movie that tackles this on a sheer allegorical level is a thing of artistic merit and rarity. Having said that, this is a grisly film, with references to domestic violence and terrorism (how else would it be a ghost town?). But it’s one that also features a skateboarding vampire and I’m sorry but if that doesn’t entertain you I can be of no help.