A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014)

Director: Ana Lily Amirpour

Writer: Ana Lily Amirpour (Screenplay)

Starring: Sheila Vand, Arash Maranadi, Marshall Manesh, Mozhan Marno, Dominic Rains, Rome Shadanloo

 

Plot: In the Iranian ghost-town Bad City, a place that reeks of death and loneliness, the townspeople are unaware they are being stalked by a lonesome vampire.

 

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Verdict: Beautifully Shot Modern Day Vampire Classic

 

Story: A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night starts in a small Iranian town as we follow the drug culture sweeping through the city with Saeed (Rains) supplying all the drugs as Arash (Marandi) does all he can to help his junkie father Hossein (Manesh).

When a mysterious girl (Vand) arrives in the town she appears only at night searching for her victims as her addiction isn’t a drug but the blood of humans, she is a vampire that hunts on the bad people sparing the innocent ones, but she must work out just who are the innocent.

 

Thoughts on A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

 

Characters/PerformanceThe Girl is a very mysterious character, she stalks the people of the town at night as she witnesses the good and bad people do, but when she starts to see the grey in people’ actions she aims to learn more about who they really are before selecting her victims. Arash is a young man who works for a drug dealer to support his father’s addiction, he finds himself deep in the world once the Pimp of the town is killed but also having a connection to the mysterious girl. Hossein is the junkie hooked on the drug going around the town pushing his son away as his addiction is taking control of his life pushing him towards the bad ways.

Sheila is brilliant as the vampire girl that hunts for her victims, she is filled it the beauty of the innocence needed for the role and the fear needed for the feeding scenes. Arash Marandi is also great in this role showing how he could be going down the wrong path as well as seeing the light of a new future at the end of the tunnel.

StoryThe story is easy to follow, we have a small town drowning in sin, be it drugs, prostitution of just general depression. We also have a girl, well a vampire who comes into town to search for victims that have been sinning as she spares the innocent. This is a fresh approach to the vampire genre one that keeps us curious as to her actions throughout the film.

Fantasy/HorrorThe fantasy side of this film comes from a vampire cleaning up a town, yes this isn’t overly great but it works. The horror side comes from the overall creepiness created by the mysterious girl’s appearance as we know just how deadlier she can be and watching her stalk the victims in just as frightening.

SettingsThe settings used are all within one small town that is one you can see people in their weakest states in, there is nothing pretty about this town it is down, dirty and full of people ready to give up on life.

Special EffectsThe special effects are not used that often but when they are we are left to see how the vampire attacks come off.

Final ThoughtsThis film has an excellent us of music to describe the tone of each scene, the black and white shooting is also a brilliant touch for the film, the fresh spin on vampires is another plus and I can safely say you should believe the hype on this film.

 

Overall: Easily one of the best modern day vampire films.

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The Bad Batch (2017)

Director: Ana Lily Amirpour

Writer: Ana Lily Amirpour (Screenplay)

Starring: Suki Waterhouse, Jason Momoa, Jayda Fink, Keanu Reeves, Jim Carrey, Giovanni Ribisi

 

Plot: A love story set in a community of cannibals in a future dystopia. In a desert wasteland in Texas, a muscled cannibal breaks one important rule: don’t play with your food.

 

Runtime: 1 Hour 58 Minutes

 

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Verdict: Stylish Sci-Fi Horror

 

Story: The Bad Batch starts as Arlen (Waterhouse) leaves her facility heading into the dystopian wasteland to fend for herself, but it doesn’t go well because she gets captured by cannibals who take an arm and a leg off her for food. Arlen isn’t going out without a fight though because she fights her way out before getting rescued by the Hermit (Carrey), who takes her to a friendly community.

5 months past and with a fake league passed onto her Arlen continues to explore the wasteland when she can until she finds a person from the area to which she kills her but takes in the child with them Honey (Fink) back to Dream’s (Reeves) compound, which drives Miami Man (Momoa) into his own journey in search for his daughter. When Miami Man and Arlen team up in the wasteland we learn that both sides of the battle are not as similar as we might think.

 

Thoughts on The Bad Batch

 

Characters – Arlen gets removed from the facility she was raised in to fend for herself in the wasteland. She doesn’t do to well to start with but she does show the fight required to survive in after having her arm and leg taken by cannibals. We follow her through the wasteland and the communities that are at war with each other. Miami Man is one of the cannibals, his daughter gets taken which forces him to need to work with Arlen to get her back even though he is at war with the community she is part off. The Dream runs his community, he keeps his people happy even if it involves them having to take drugs and he becomes somewhat of a cult like leader. This wasteland is filed with colourful characters for us to watch Arlen meet.

PerformancesSukie Waterhouse is great in this leading role through the film, she shows the strength even when her character has an image of looking damaged. Keanu Reeves and Jim Carrey both show they are enjoying smaller roles in films where they can still shine even just for a moment. Jason Momoa is great too showing us once again that he will be around for plenty of years.

StoryThe story puts us into a dystopian world where our leading lady must learn quick about the sides she can or can’t trust. It shows us how not every first impression is the right one and that we can have a wild adventure with colourful characters in a wasteland. The story does have a feel of how Turbo Kid without all the nostalgia behind it too.

Horror/Sci-FiThe horror side comes from the inclusion of cannibals in this sci-fi world which dysphonia world we enter.

SettingsThe world we are using look fantastic with the dystopian future that we don’t need to learn why it is in the state it is in.

Special EffectsThe effects are all practical and are used excellently to show Arlen after what happens to her in the opening sequences.


Scene of the Movie –
The shock value of the opening capture.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The film does feel slightly too long for the story it is telling us.

Final ThoughtsThis is a stylish sci-fi horror that fits the world we are thrown into perfectly even if the film can feel longer than it needs to be.

 

Overall: If you want a sci-fi horror that is filled with style this one stands out this year.

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