A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014)

I love this Iranian vampire film that appeared at 2014’s Sundance Film Festival. It’s a bit like Let the Right One In / Let Me In (both of which I adore) – part of the trend of horror as a serious exploration of human emotions. This isn’t destroying art as we know it like some pandering teen romance epic torturing the bloodsucker mythos. It’s also not strained into a rock epic with self-conscious stylization like the camp Only Lovers Left Alive. Themes include innocence and simplicity juxtaposed with a grey construction of evil. The film is candid and morose but wrapped in a great creepyness complete with well-chosen atmospheric music that keeps you tautly engaged. I like that the hijab is the girl’s cloak. There are so many wonderful stylistic elements that, to name them, unfortunately, would ruin it for you if you haven’t seen it yet. Watch this one, as with all good films, dear viewer – without interruption. Enviable soundtrack, so a great film for High Fidelity types. This film got a 95% critic score at Rotten Tomatoes. I saw at IFC Center in New York.