Date released: Nov 21, 2014
Date watched: Sept 18, 2015
Why now? It’s that time of year again. Time to talk about, focus on, praise, and run away scared from badass women in horror. Thank you October. I’m been saving this one a bit because I was sure it would be a real gem. Written, directed, and fronted by women, this one was a perfect choice for Galloween and just for life in general.
Why not then? I’m mad lazy.
Expectations: I didn’t know what the horror aspect of the film was, but based on the title I had some guesses. I thought this one might be about someone who kills ladies walking alone at night, or a lady who kills dudes who try and mess with her while she walks home alone at night. Maybe it’s about Iranian gender politics and killers on loose. I’ll say it again, I love going into movies knowing almost nothing about it.
What I actually got: A vampire movie! A lady vampire movie set in Iran! A lady wearing a headscarf who skateboards and kills predatory dudes at night on the street! Oh man, didn’t see that coming. So the film is very Hollywood/film noir throw back with a “Iranian James Dean” (as my sister put it) as our lead. He meets our anti-hero lady vampire who is confused and super into his genuine good-guy-ness. She kills some bad guys, skateboards around, saves some lives, makes out with a hot guy. It’s all style and cheese (in a good way). It has that throwback film noir/Hollywood feel with a killer soundtrack. It mixes in gender, religious, and environmental politics, which makes this movie really special.
One night stand or second date potential? This one has long-term dating potential for sure. I’m so happy the backlash from the Twilight success was super artsy vampire movies with interesting and more active lady characters. There’s no room for regurgitated story lines/characters in the horror genre. The genre is important because it rewards more progressive content and this movie is a great example of it. It deserves all the attention and praise it got. Though the slow, creepy, and not at all gory style might not be everyone’s cup of tea, I think it’s worth a watch.
This piece is part of Galloween, Cinefilles’ month of all-girl horror coverage. Click the image to read more.