Feature, 105min
Iran, VS, 2020
Perzisch, Engels (English subtitles)

Director: Kourosh Ahari
Cast: Leah Oganyan, Niousha Jafarian, Shahab Hosseini
Genre: Horror

Iranian expat couple and their baby end up in a creepy hotel in this excellent horror film, with more than a dash of Lynchian weirdness. 

Iranian expat couple, who live in LA with their little daughter, return home after a dinner with another couple. Though the husband had some drinks, he insists on driving. When their GPS fails and they drive round in circles, they go to the nearest hotel. It is here that their night really turns into a nightmare, with more than a dash of Lynchian weirdness.


The Night centers around two issues: marital problems that have been covered up for too long and a sense of displacement that is part of expat life. These issues take the shape of paranormal events as well as more earthly ominous signs: a black cat, a Farsi mumbling beggar, and so on. Making the protagonists the parents of an infant renders the whole movie all the more effective, as every scene carries a potential threat of abduction or hurting the baby. The mix of Iranian and American cinema works wonders here, resulting in an excellent horror film, with more than a dash of Lynchian weirdness.