Review – A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014)

An atmospheric, beautifully shot Iranian vampire Western, A Girl Walks… is a stunning film which also features one of the best cats in cinema – just as good as Ulysses from Inside Llewyn Davis.

Arash (Arash Marandi) is a hardworking young man who cares for his drug addict father. He also looks super cool, like James Dean. The Girl (Sheila Vand) stalks the streets of Bad City dressed in a chādor, taking drug dealers as her vampiric victims, and listens to moody indie music in her home. One night Arash and The Girl meet – Arash aptly dressed as Dracula, straying from a Halloween party – and she takes him back to her apartment. The rest…that’d be telling.

There are nods to David Lynch throughout – the point of view night time driving, people dancing and throwing strange shapes, the general oddness – and it’s an achingly hip film. Vand is captivating as the quiet but threatening Girl, and Marandi is an old school cinematic heart throb. Be prepared to be absorbed into the strange goings on in Bad City, and to be swallowed by this movie.




RATING: 7/10

Watch it for: The cinematography is exquisite

Watch out for: Finger lickin’ good 

Review: Dracula Untold

Although relatively tame in gore stakes, Dracula Untold’s actually a pretty neat film mainly due to Luke Evans being able to carry it off as the chompy teethed one. It’s an origins story, where we find out how Dracula got his bite and casts Vlad the Impaler as a hero. Yeah, forget about the impaling bit – he only does it because he has to.

Vlad is the Prince of Transylvania, taken hostage by the Ottoman Empire as a child where he was trained to be the Impaler. He returned to his kingdom to rule in peace, but Dominic Cooper’s Ottoman Sultan has beef against him. With a war coming, Vlad seeks the help of a cave-dwelling vampire (Charles Dance, being all Voldemort) to help him defeat the Sultan’s army; he has to drink the vampire’s blood to become all super strong but must resist the overwhelming urge to drink blood himself. If he does, he’ll be turned forever into a vampire. It’s not a spoiler to say, WHOOPS.

The special effects are impressive, especially the use of bat tornadoes. Bat tornadoes are awesome! Untold is pleasantly better than it should be, and has the action and a compelling story to keep interest. Cooper’s Sultan is a little OTT and hammy, but Evans has enough clout in his lead to be a respectable addition to the legend of Dracula.





Watch it for: Luke Evans – a strong lead

Watch out for: Sunshine. It’s bad for vampires!