VAMPanorama

Ever since Graf von Orlok crept out of Muranu’s seminal shadows, Vampires have been stalking screens around the world, feeding on collective cultural psyches. Monsters of metaphor, they absorb and project the preoccupations, fears, and anxieties of the times and places they inhabit in an occult process of cinematic transubstantiation. Thus, a VAMPanorama – a global pantheon of historically and geographically idiosyncratic celluloid bloodsuckers – has arisen. Two recent contributions to this international tradition of sanguine cinema will be stealing across Metro’s screen this spring: the “first Iranian Vampire Western,” A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, and New Zealand’s merrily macabre horror comedy, What We Do In the Shadows, co-presented with DEDFEST in April.

To set these fresh fiends in a near contemporary global context, Metro will be raising the recently undead from the Vampire vaults of Scandinavia and East Asia, with Sweden’s Let the Right One In (Låt den rätte komma in) and South Korea’s Thirst (Bakjwi) as companions.

VAMPanorama Passport

Get the VAMPanorama Passport to track your vampiric globetrotting when you see A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night and/or What We Do in the Shadows.

Present your stamped passport at Let the Right One In and Thirst to receive a $3 discount on one regular admission to one screening of each film – and be initiated into the pantheon of the cinematic undead!

Thirst

  • Apr 20 (2015) @ 7pm
  • Apr 23 (2015) @ 9:30pm

Thirst is a bloodstained horror movie, a dark comedy, a noirish psychodrama of crime and punishment, a melodrama of mad love, a freehanded literary adaptation (of Émile Zola’s Therese Raquin), and, of course, a vampire movie. Elegantly presented servings of sex, gore, and creepy, winking humour blend with moments of intense emotion, a combination that is a hallmark of the director’s oeuvre.

Let the Right One In

  • Apr 19 (2015) @ 7pm
  • Apr 21 (2015) @ 9pm

Written by John Ajvide Lindqvist, adapted from his own bestselling novel, Let the Right One In depicts the intense bond that develops between two outsiders, a melancholic 12-year-old and his vampiric new neighbour. A haunting and at times gruesome horror tale, it’s also a profound exploration of gender and child psychology, and a coming-of-age love story.

What We Do in the Shadows

  • Apr 10, 12 & 20 (2015) @ 9:30pm
  • Apr 11 (2015) @ 4pm
  • Apr 13 & 19 (2015) @ 9:15pm
  • Apr 22 (2015) @ 7pm
  • May 2 (2015) @ 9pm

A group of undead gentlemen from central Europe have escaped the old country to share a house in Wellington, New Zealand. Directed by its stars, Jemaine “Flight of the Conchords” Clement and Taika Waititi, this mockumentary is a treat from first to last. (The Guardian)

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

  • Mar 27 & 30 (2015) @ 7pm
  • Mar 28, 29 & 31 (2015) @ 9:30pm
  • Apr 4 (2015) @ 4:45pm

A sly, slinky creeper set in an imaginary Iranian underworld, Amirpour’s debut feature blends elements of Lynchian neo-noir and spaghetti Western, but the film’s pointed, contemporary gender politics are very much its own. (Variety)

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