Posted on Friday, September 9th, 2016 by Angie Han
Two years ago, Ana Lily Amirpour came seemingly out of nowhere with her singular first feature, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night. The black-and-white feminist Iranian vampire Western felt like nothing we’d seen before — heck, just the description “black-and-white feminist Iranian vampire Western” sounds like nothing we’ve seen before. Now all eyes are on her as she debuts her second film, The Bad Batch.
In concept and style, The Bad Batch is every bit as dazzlingly unique as Amirpour’s last film. It’s set in a dusty dystopian landscape that looks like Venice Beach by way of Mad Max, with some Burning Man and Electric Daisy Carnival thrown in for good measure. Our main characters are Miami Man, a hulking cannibal played by Jason Momoa, and Arlen, a tough bit of prey played by Suki Waterhouse, and the story follows their unexpected collision. But despite a promising start, The Bad Batch runs out of gas about halfway through, and spends the rest of its time meandering through a halfhearted narrative. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, September 6th, 2016 by Angie Han
With summer blockbuster season behind us and fall festival season in full swing, we’re starting to get a peek at some of the more offbeat entertainments coming up on the horizon. One title we’ve been particularly interested to see is The Bad Batch, the second feature from director Ana Lily Amirpour. Her debut, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, wowed with its style and originality, and the premise of The Bad Batch — “a girl walks across a cannibal-infested desert at midday” — suggests she’s not toning down any of her unconventional edge. Toss in
Toss in Jason Momoa and Suki Waterhouse as the two leads, and it’s no wonder this film was building hype before it even made its Venice premiere. Today we’ve got the first two Bad Batch clips to give you a little taste of the madness to come, plus a look at some of the early reviews. Read More »
When talking about A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night last year, I said that director Ana Lily Amirpour is someone we’re excited to watch going forward. And we’re evidently not the only ones with confidence in her work. Her next film, The Bad Batch, is backed by Megan Ellison and Annapurna Productions, which immediately puts Amirpour in great company. The film already had Jason Momoa as a core member of the cast. And now The Bad Batch cast can announced a bunch of new names, including Jim Carrey and Keanu Reeves. Read More »
The Bad Batch is the new project from A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night director Ana Lily Amirpour, backed by Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Productions and VICE. That’s a good combo right there. Now Jason Momoa (Game of Thrones, Batman v Superman) has been announced as being in talks for a major role, and with that announcement come some new script details.
We knew that The Bad Batch was being called “a dystopian love story set in Texas.” Now there’s a lot more, including a description of the movie as “a cross between The Road Warrior and Pretty in Pink.” Read More »
It took a year for the vampire western A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night to really build momentum after its Sundance debut last year, but the debut feature from writer/director Ana Lily Amirpour has really made an impression on people now. We’ve talked about her as a director we’re very excited to watch going forward, and now we know Ana Lily Amirpour’s next film. She wrote and will direct The Bad Batch, a “dystopian love story set in Texas.” Even better, she’ll be backed by Vice and Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures, the same team that was behind Spring Breakers. Read More »
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night is a stylish and moody feature debut from very promising writer/director Ana Lily Amirpour. In this film, Amirpour combines a hearty set of influences — Iranian culture, Westerns, rock and roll films, and horror icons — to create a unique take on the vampire genre. It’s a sultry and compelling film, with all the energy of the late ’80s and early ’90s independent scene but a personality that isn’t quite like any of the influences it draws from. I can’t wait to see what Amirpour does next; in the meantime I’m ready to see this one again. Check out the new A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night trailer below.
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There’s an implied threat in the title of the film A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night. Those words together suggest menace and victimization. An image forms, not of a woman out for an enjoyable stroll, but of one who might not make it home.
A reversal of that threat is the core of this vampire film written and directed by Ana Lily Amirpour. Luminescent black and white photography buttresses a very spare approach to story. Into the tale are woven supernatural tropes, and elements of westerns and ’50s rebel movies. Shot in California but set in Iran, with dialogue in Farsi, the film’s images and characters are a collision of Iranian and American cultures, specifically with respect to social politics of sex and gender. This is an inversion of classic horror, because it is not about victimization of the person described in the title, but rather that person’s retaliation against forces that seek to dominate and subjugate.
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As things tend to go in Iranian film, we don’t hear about a lot of westerns, and probably fewer films that involve vampires. So when the claim can be made that A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night is the first Iranian vampire western, and one directed by a woman, to boot, there’s plenty reason to be curious. The film is Ana Lily Amirpour’s debut as a director, and will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival later this month.
Oh, and the film comes from SpectreVision, which is the relatively new genre-oriented company created by Elijah Wood, Daniel Noah and Josh C. Waller.
Check out a brief teaser and a striking poster, below. Read More »