In the shadows of Bad City, a girl wanders around. Dressed in a hijab and a striped t-shirt, dodging the street lights, she follows the local villagers. If necessary, she shows her vampire teeth. Maybe that's just as well. Bad City isn't called that for nothing. It is a lawless hellhole, inhabited by underworld figures, drug addicts and pimps. One night, on her way home alone, she meets Arash, an Iranian James Dean lookalike, complete with classic American car and cigarette in the corner of his mouth...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, Lynch, graphic novels and horror films. The super-stylish black-and-white images are accompanied by fusion beats, underground Iranian rock, and every now and again a Western riff à la Morricone, with nods to Sergio Leone, James Dean and Sin City, among others. An instant cult hit is born.