I really didn't want to go see another modern vampire story like a Twilight adventure. I was tired of twinkie teen vampires who sparkled like they were dusted with disco glitter. But I promised Justine I'd go. She was positive it would appeal to my classic film-loving heart. She was right.
I was a bit grumpy when I took a seat in the theater. Then this black and white feature started. A ruthless female vampire in Iran who wears sneakers, rides a skateboard and listens to Lionel Richie? OK. I was hooked. The movie was fascinating. This vampire was fascinating. A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night is one of the most original fright movies I've seen in years. The story takes place in a culturally arid and financially depressed Iranian city. Loneliness and despair are in the air. Death is present.
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This story works best in black and white. The cinematography has a rich, striking, classic film look to it -- like the work of cinematographer Haskell Wexler whose credits include Mike Nichols' Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Elia Kazan's America, America. Both of those classics were filmed in black and white. A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night was shot with the economy and compassion of a 1950s Italian film by De Sica or Fellini.