Halloween Countdown – October 27

I ran the teaser trailer for Ana Lily Amirpour’s upcoming A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night a week or so ago.

It was haunting, evocative, and intriguing as hell.

This is the full trailer, just dropped:

According to VICE media: “The first Iranian Vampire Western ever made, Ana Lily Amirpour’s debut 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, the film’s airy, anamorphic, black-and-white aesthetic combines the simmering tension of Sergio Leone with the weird surrealism of David Lynch.”

Well shit. I’m sold.

Also, it turns out that not only is it illegal to make a horror film in Iran but impossible. Amirpour apparently found a deserted or semi-deserted SoCal oil town and dressed it to look like Iran, and cast ex-patriates and Persian-American actors.

Like I didn’t want to see it before…

One thought on “Halloween Countdown – October 27

  1. Ah, so it IS illegal. I was wondering about that. I thought maybe he had gamed the system in some way (there was an interview with the guy who made Separation on NPR where he claimed you could make anything as long as you know how to game the system). I guess making an Iranian film in the US is a great way to do that!


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