Nick After Hours
Cinema has the power to create strange new worlds. So when we say we’re interested in showing “weird movies” in our new After Hours series, we mean something potentially earth-shattering. After Hours takes the broad categories of “cult film” and “genre film” and aims to create a transformative theatrical experience, casting the familiar in the glow of the uncanny. This is cinema as spectacle, cinema as politics, and cinema as magic; a kind of magic only possible with the unexamined brought to light.
Thank you to our programming committee:
Dr. Julia Elliot
A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night
In the timeless Iranian ghost-town of Bad City, abuse against women runs rampant, cloaked by the dark of night. The abuse, however, is met with sharp punishment from a vengeful female vampire (Sheila Vand) who preys on the men that disrespect women. The spellbinding setting and characters establish a dark arthouse ambiance while simultaneously addressing the status of women in society.
The first Iranian Vampire Western ever made, Ana Lily Amirpour's debut 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.
Preceded by Suicide by Sunlight.
Valentina, a day-walking Black vampire protected from the sun by her melanin, is forced to restrain her bloodlust to regain custody of her estranged daughters.
Directed by Nikyatu Jusu.