Book review, movie criticism

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Mohammad Hossein Latifi, Girl's dormitory

Mohammad Hossein Latifi, Girl's dormitory (2004)

Οι ιρανοί δεν μας έχουν συνηθίσει σε έργα τρόμου. Νομίζω ότι αυτό είναι το δεύτερο που έχω δει. Το είδα πριν καιρό, και δεν το θυμάμαι. Εξάλλου δεν θα ήθελα να δώσω την πλοκή σε ένα έργο τρόμου, είδος που στηρίζεται στο σασπένς, καθώς έτσι ο αναγνώστης θα έχανε κάθε ενδιαφέρον να το δει. Θα δώσω όμως ένα μικρό κειμενάκι που μιλάει για το έργο και δίνει κάποιες πληροφορίες για το είδος στο Ιράν.
The history of horror films being made in Iran goes back to the 1950's when the late directory Samuel Khachikian cranked out titles like "A Party in Hell" (1956), "The Midnight Terror" (1961) and "Delirium" (1965). Over the years since, the horror genre in Iran has had its up and downs. One thing has remained constant, though, many Iranian movie fans welcome the chance to see domestically produced fright films. Iranian horror fans got lucky this month, as Mohammad-Hossein Latifi's new horror movie "Girl's Dormitory" hit screens. The film follows a group of college kids who are forced to move into a house that the local people believe to be haunted. You can guess where plot goes from there. The reviews of the film have been mixed so far, but Iranian horror fans don't get a chance to see too many domestically produced films in the genre so any new addition is welcome. Some reports have the new horror flick as the current most popular movie in Tehran cinemas.

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