A more under-the-radar release over the past month is Kourosh Ahari‘s The Night, the Iranian film from IFC that Meagan Navarro called an “atmospheric” and “stylish” psychological horror movie.
“In many ways, The Night draws clear inspiration from Kubrick, yet Ahari merely uses that as a launchpad to spin a stylish new psychological horror movie with confidence and specificity,” she wrote in her review.
In The Night, “After a night out with friends, an exhausted married couple, Babak (Shahab Hosseini), Neda (Niousha Noor) and their baby take shelter in the grand, but eerie Hotel Normandie. Throughout a seemingly endless night, mysterious disturbances ruin their night’s rest as Babak and Neda soon realize they’re locked-in with a malevolent force that hungers for the dark secrets they’ve kept from one another.”
The press release details, “With The Night, director Kourosh Ahari made history for being the first U.S.-produced film to receive a license for theatrical release in Iran since the revolution. The psychological thriller follows in the footsteps of The Shining, luring viewers into a hotel that is both ominous and inviting, where the ghosts of the past still linger around each corner. The terrors that linger in the corridors are more real and terrifying than any movie monster in a mask. The Night will make you never want to spend a night away from home again.”
Check out this tense pair of clips that deliver instant chills.