VAMPIRES, HALLOWEEN AND MY FATHER...
It’s funny I am writing a Ghost film right now, but I AM NOT INTO HORROR! I know you are raising your eyebrows right about now. But the Ghost film is NOT a horror film, it is a complex character study. You can believe me when you see the film!
Anyways, since I am not into Horror, Halloween has never been about the scary aspect for me. I like the dressing up, but all the films just have never interested me. That is except for the Vampire films - I have been a Vampire before for Halloween. I know, technically they qualify as Horror films. But somehow in my book, they are not scary!
This has to have to do with the fact that my father used to watch the old, old vampire films from the 30s to the 70s with me when I was a child - I know you are raising your eyebrows again; trust me, so am I every time I tell that story! Our favorite was Roman Polanski The Fearless Vampire Killers. Ever since then Vampire films and stories are kind of an obsession of mine. And I secretly want (successfully) turn another Anne Rice book into a film. Interview With A Vampire I consider a great Vampire film, everything else that came after were total disasters.
But one film that is definitely no disaster, and might be my favorite Vampire film of all times, is A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night. Brand spanking new, just released last year. I have some friend, who were involved in producing it! It is genius!
The film is set in the Iranian ghost-town Bad City, a place that reeks of death and loneliness, the townspeople are unaware they are being stalked by a lonesome girl vampire.
It is shot all in black and white, and in my humble opinion the first film in decades who rightfully does so! The film is mood, pensive, poetic, well directed, acted and produced. It is one of these films, which will be taught in film schools probably already next year! So do yourself watch it, even if it is not Halloween!
You can catch it at Vice Films: http://films.vice.com/a-girl-walks-home/
Now all of your frightful souls I wish you all a wonderfully scary Fright Fest!