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New Escapist Column! On “Nightcrawler” as a Metaphorical Vampire Movie…

I published a new piece at The Escapist earlier today. Nightcrawler is streaming on Netflix, so it seemed like a nice opportunity to revisit the film.

Nightcrawler is very obviously a loving homage to seventies American cinema, and a commentary on the scrambling at the margins of the post-recession economy. However, writer and director Dan Gilroy frames his story in such a way as to evoke classic vampire movies. At its core, Nightcrawler is the tale of a bloodthirsty parasite prowling the streets of Los Angeles at night, but there’s more to it than that. Nightcrawler is a biting satire and a gritty drama, but it also understands the horror of the situation that it depicts.

You can read the piece here, or click the picture below.

One Response

  1. It’s getting hard to keep track. Is this Very Obvious Loving Homage to Seventies American Cinema #457 so far this year…or is this #458?

    Sorry, I forgot to factor in the pandemic’s effects on the film industry. It’s #413.

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