Etched in kohl and doused in dark humour, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night is the bewitching first feature from writer-director Ana Lily Amirpour. This fiendishly imaginative, distinctly feminist fusion of western, vampire flick and low-fi black-and-white indie will touch your soul and trouble your dreams.

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night is set in the fictional Bad City, a ghost town whose residents favour a diverse range of retro influences. It finds a small, skateboard-riding vampire known only as ‘The Girl’ (the wonderful Sheila Vand) stalking the townsfolk, dispensing bloody justice.

Amirpour and her team create an oldfashioned aesthetic, with influences ranging from Hammer and Universal horror to Jim Jarmusch, David Lynch and Sergio Leone. Despite the strong vein of leftfield humour there’s some chilling stuff here, with Vand making for a pretty scary bloodsucker. But the film is ultimately about how dangerous it is to let someone into your heart.

Emma Simmonds
The List

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