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  • Writer's pictureJames Rutherford

'A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night': A Sleek and Transfixing Urban Vampire Tale from Iran

Movie poster for the Iranian film A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night starring Sheila Vand and Arash Marandi

“A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night” (2014) is a wry and winsome horror film from Iran about a lonesome female vampire (Sheila Vand) who stalks the streets of the fictional “Bad City” in a black chador, while preying nightly on its seediest of residents.

Living a humble existence with his drug-addicted father, Arash (Arash Marandi) is assailed by a drug dealing pimp named Saeed (Dominic Rains) who seizes his prized car as payment for his father’s debts. Little does he realize that the mysterious young vampire will soon intervene, or that he will ultimately find himself developing a delicate emotional bond with his enigmatic benefactor.

Written and directed by Iranian-American filmmaker Ana Lily Amirpour (“The Bad Batch”), “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night” is a sleek and seductive affair, showcasing hints of horror, film noir and western genres while delivering something altogether new and fresh to the screen. Shot in sublime black and white by cinematographer Lyle Vincent, with dialogue delivered entirely in Farsi, it’s a transfixing and wholly one-of-a-kind gem of international cinema.


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