The Horror Honeys: A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night: Beautiful, but Boring

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night: Beautiful, but Boring

A Supernatural Honey Foreign Indie Review by Suzanne

A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night (2014)

The Iranian vampire film, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, has been on the Honey radar for quite some time. From the trailers to the simple, but exquisite artwork, we’ve all been waiting to sink our teeth into it. Pun intended. I had the good fortune to watch it recently and my feelings are a little mixed.

Arash (Arash Marandi) struggles to find himself while working hard to support his father, who has become mired in drugs and prostitution after the loss of his wife. He meets a mysterious girl one night after a party and quickly falls for her. What he doesn’t realize is that she is a vampire. 

Sheila Vand stars as the “girl” and does a superb job of looking innocent and being dangerous. While she is quite plain looking in general, when she puts on her Audrey Hepburn face and her hijab, she borders on stunning. She lives in a basement room, adorned with posters of Western musicians, listening to pop music on a turntable. 

The relationship of Arash and the girl is not so different than Oskar and Eli from Let the Right One In, two lonely souls trying to save each other. Arash doesn’t know what or who he is involved with until right at the end.

A Girl Walks Home has been labeled as the first Vampire Western and there are moments when you’re sure John Wayne will be riding by on his trusty steed, but that flows seamlessly with the modern urban setting and 50s/60s style wardrobe.  Even with multiple decades represented, you never feel as though you’re watching different films. 

There are some incredibly creepy scenes in the film, like when the girl plays the mirror game with Arash’s father from the opposite side of the street. There is also something oddly ethereal about a skinny vampire in a hijab, riding a skateboard. However this film was a little too “arthouse” for my taste. I appreciate moments of silence, but there were a few too many scenes where the characters were just staring at each other saying nothing. 

I would have also liked maybe a little backstory on the girl. Frankly, the cat in the film is one of the more compelling characters and I found that I was more concerned about what happened to him than anyone else.

A visually captivating film, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night doesn’t reach me on a deeper level like it should. I actually found it a little boring. So sue me.

The verdict: 3 skateboarding vampires out of 5