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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Feast Your Eyes on the Trailer for the First Iranian Vampire Western

Could this be the beginning of a new wave of vampire westerns? I haven't seen a whole lot myself, but I remember the genre became a thing years back and has since faded from the forefront. But if they are staging a comeback, can they all look like writer/director Ana Lily Amirpour's full-length narrative debut, A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT? The film is not only breaking barriers as the first of its kind by an Iranian-American filmmaker, but its trailer makes it look like something ripped out of Robert Rodriguez's handbook of cult horrors -- with a seductive feminine twist. Which means it could be ridiculously awesome or simply ridiculous.

Either way, the trailer has won me over. It's apparently already garnered other fans as Amipour was nominated just last week for a 2014 Gotham Independent Film Award in the Breakthrough Director category. The film also earned raves at this year's Sundance Film Festival. (It probably also helps that Elijah Wood is one of the executive producers on the project). Here's more about it:

Strange things are afoot in Bad City. The Iranian ghost town, home to prostitutes, junkies, pimps and other sordid souls, is a bastion of depravity and hopelessness where a lonely vampire stalks its most unsavory inhabitants.

Cinema's first Iranian vampire western, Ana Lily Amirpour's debut feature basks in the sheer pleasure of pulp. A joyful mash-up of genre, archetype, and iconography, its prolific influences span spaghetti westerns, graphic novels, horror films, and the Iranian New Wave. Amped by a mix of Iranian rock, techno, and Morricone-inspired riffs, its airy, anamorphic, black-and-white aesthetic and artfully drawn-out scenes combine the simmering tension of Sergio Leone with the weird surrealism of David Lynch.

LOL. I love that the story is set in a town called "Bad City," where things are "afoot." Seriously, sign me up for whatever craziness is happening right here. It looks so campy yet stylish, and I need to watch it right this instant. Plus, you've gotta love that this is helmed by and stars two Iranian-American talents (You may recognize the film's star, Sheila Vand, from her work in Argo two years ago. She'll also be seen next in the upcoming NBC show, State of Affairs, starring Alfre Woodard and Katherine Heigl). 

Watch the trailer:

U.S. Distributor Kino Lorber will release A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT in New York and Los Angeles on November 21st, with national expansion to follow. 


Daniel said...

That looks rather impressive!!

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