This feature will be preceded by the short: Got Blood (Dir. by Aislinn Clarke, 2018, Ireland, 2 min., Not Rated). This short was created for international Women in Horror Month!
Strange things are afoot in Bad City. The Iranian ghost town, home to prostitutes, junkies, pimps and other sordid souls, is a bastion of depravity and hopelessness where a lonely vampire stalks its most unsavory inhabitants.
“A lovely post-punk lark … a totem for a hipster world mad for jukebox funkiness, vampires, and gender-politics righteousness.” – Michael Atkinson, Village Voice
But when boy meets girl, an unusual love story begins to blossom… blood red. Cinema’s first Iranian vampire western, writer/director Ana Lily Amirpour’s debut feature basks in the sheer pleasure of pulp. A joyful mash-up of genre, archetype, and iconography, its prolific influences span spaghetti westerns, graphic novels, horror films, and the Iranian New Wave. Amped by a mix of Iranian rock, techno, and Morricone-inspired riffs, its airy, anamorphic, black-and-white aesthetic and artfully drawn-out scenes combine the simmering tension of Sergio Leone with the strange surrealism of David Lynch. Above all, Amirpour’s tale of love and squalor is fun. Why else would a vampire ride a skateboard? (Dir. by Ana Lily Amirpour, 2014, Iran / USA, in Persian with subtitles, 99 min., Not Rated)
PLUS: Let the blood flow for a good cause as we host an onsite American Red Cross Blood Drive on Thursday, October 25 from 2:00pm – 7:00pm, before we roll the classic vampire flick, Near Dark! Donate a pint of blood to those in need and get a free slice of Fresco pizza and a free pass to The Loft Cinema! SIGN UP HERE to reserve your spot in the Blood Truck, as space is limited.