Day 24 of the NOFS podcast 31-day horror challenge has the theme of black and white. I had several things in mind, but as soon as I saw that it was on Shudder, I knew what I was going finally go with. A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night is a movie that I’ve wanted to see for a long while. I could never get a proper handle on where I could watch it. I’m glad that I was finally able to watch it.
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night was written and directed by Ana Lily Amirpour. This was her directorial debut and I had heard good things about it almost immediately. The way that she works with her cinematographer in this movie makes it have a spooky, uneasy vibe. Some of my favorite shots are The Girl on a skateboard. Dialogue is used sparingly, which comes from Amirpour having lost some of her hearing. This makes the actors work in an interesting way.
It stars Sheila Vand, Arash Marandi, Mozhan Marnò, Marshall Manesh, and Dominic Rains. Sheila Vand really stands out in this movie. She has striking way of carrying herself in her role as the titular woman. Her costume really helps with how you just have to watch her. Arash Marandi offers a contrast to Vand. While she’s mostly silent he has most of the dialogue. He also is more open and has more emotions expressed, which continues the contrast with Vand in the movie. I had seen Marshall Manesh in HIMYM, so this is a very different role for him.
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night was described as “an Iranian vampire Western” and I feel like that’s a fair way describing it. The plot center on Arash and The Girl as they meet, and their lives keep colliding. It also deals with the ramifications of their lives colliding. As they collide, they also start to fall for each other, The Girl doing so more slowly and reluctantly than Arash. This adds a new challenge to everything.
I really want to mention the cinematographer, Lyle Vincent, because his work with Ana Lily Amirpour in this movie. I mentioned some of my favorite shots, but there are so many shots that are breathtaking throughout the film. There are effects throughout and they’re good, I don’t know where they are specifically aside from the fangs. The score that Bei Ru did for the movie is fantastic. I also want to mention the licensed music in the movie, I think that its licensed. It has Iranian versions of songs, which is always a fun thing and adds to the feel movies whenever songs like that pop up.
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night is fantastic. The fact that I was finally able to see it after so long is great for me. I do know that there’s a version of the movie on Shudder that was part of The Last Drive-In with Joe Bob Briggs which would add a whole new level of interesting to the movie. I cannot recommend this movie enough, whichever version you want to watch on Shudder or you could buy it. I give A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night 9.5 cool cars out of 10.