The new film is here from the director who once brought you an Iranian vampire spaghetti western.
That director is Ana Lily Amirpour, who made a large splash on the indie and horror scenes in 2014 with her astonishing debut feature, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night. Now Amirpour is back with her second effort, titled The Bad Batch, which Amirpour has described in interviews as a "post-apocalyptic cannibal love story."
The new movie takes place in a future where a dystopian United States has created a sort of dumping ground for undesirables and criminals -- the "bad batch" of the title -- in a barren, fenced-off wasteland somewhere around Texas that's no longer considered part of the country. With a lack of food in the region, many of its inhabitants have reverted to cannibalism, and it's here that one young woman (Suki Waterhouse) finds herself struggling to survive.
If A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night was truly a mash-up of old black and white vampire movie, Iranian New Wave filmmaking and Sergio Leone cowboy tale -- and quite an impressive one -- then The Bad Batch looks even harder to categorize. I haven't seen the movie yet, but even though it got mixed reviews during its festival run last year, Amirpour's eccentric imagination alone is enough to get me into the theater for this one.
Another noticeable difference between this film and A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (besides The Bad Batch being in color) is that Amirpour has some known actors showing up this time around. In addition to Waterhouse, the movie also stars Jason Momoa, Keanu Reeves, Jim Carrey and Giovanni Ribisi. The release date is set for June 23.
Does The Bad Batch look like your cup of stylish indie post-apocalyptic tea?