“A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night” (2014)
Available on Netflix instant, writer-director Ana Lily Amirpour’s intense horror-romance is set in an Iranian ghost town. Shot in sleek black-and-white widescreen, a lonesome vampire searches for her next meal and finds companionship. Arash, a young man stuck paying his father’s debt, channels James Dean levels of quiet cool. Their undeniably striking chemistry sparks against the gentle vulnerability of their intimacy. With its cinematography full of shining depth and a soundtrack of alternative hits, this robust story approaches the film noir style with a modern and original lens, spinning a tale with humor and bite.
If you’re hungry for more horror, check out “Housebound” (2014). Set in New Zealand, a young woman is sentenced to house arrest in her childhood home after being estranged from her mother and stepfather. As the boredom sets in, so does the suspicion of the house being haunted. When she discovers evidence of a murder, the surprises just begin.
Other thrills on Netflix instant include “The Awakening” (2011), “American Mary” (2012), “The Babadook” (2014), and “Odd Thomas” (2013). For those that want to take a creepy stroll down memory lane there’s also “The Sixth Sense” (1999), “Vampire in Brooklyn” (1995), “The Addams Family” (1991) and “Sleepy Hollow” (1999) also on Netflix instant. Cult classics like “Beetlejuice” (1988), “Poltergeist” (1982), “The Little Vampire” (2000) and “Hocus Pocus” (1993) are available on iTunes.