Looking for love (and hemoglobin) in the desolate streets of Iranian ghost town Bad City, an alluring vampire (Sheila Vand, entrancing) must also navigate the comically offbeat, unequivocally cool reality envisioned by director Ana Lily Amirpour. Graphic novelist Frank Miller seems to have been enlisted as urban planner for this macabre, monochromatic outpost where horror tropes are neighboured by Spaghetti Western influences and an unseen jukebox plays Iranian rock, British post-punk and dreamy electro pop. Amidst this intoxicating mélange, we discover Arash (Arash Maranadi), a Persian matinee idol who has copped James Dean’s style and paid off his 50s-era ride only to run afoul of a thuggish dealer (Dominic Rains). Things get all the more complicated for Arash when he crosses paths with a certain unnamed, undead girl.
"Amirpour has crafted a beguiling, cryptic and often surprisingly funny look at personal desire that creeps up on you with the nimble powers of its supernatural focus. The director combines elements of film noir and the restraint of Iranian New Wave cinema with the subdued depictions of a bored youth culture found in early Jim Jarmusch… The comparisons go on and on, but the result is wholly original." Eric Kohn, Indiewire
"A wildly inventive Iranian vampire movie that grabs you by the throat with its dark, moody style, pulsating soundtrack and offbeat love story." David Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle