Directed by Ana Lily Amirpour, 2014


Like Stiller, this genre-bending Iranian-American vampire movie teeters dangerously close to “trying a bit too hard to be cool”. At its centre is a chadoor-wearing Bloodsucker who skateboards and listens to post-punk pop; her human beau, Arash, is a gardener with model looks and vintage wheels. Everything is bathed in a heavily stylised black and white that is striking but at times excessive. Plot takes a back seat as The Girl stalks the streets of Bad City and Arash contends with his junkie widower father. Debut director Ana Lily Amirpour is mostly content to luxuriate in bloodless B-movie stylings but dangles some intriguing uncertainties that reanimate the moribund genre. Is her creature benign or beastly? Is this Iran or LA? What are the religious implications of Muslim vampiricism? No crosses at least. Maybe there’s life in the undead yet.

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