Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween, Vampire Style

I finally saw the lovely Let the Right One In - not often you use "lovely" to describe a vampire film, but it isn't your regular vampire film I guess.  At the core, it is a story about two outcasts - Oskar, a 12 year old boy so pale he seems completely bloodless, and his friend Eli,  a 12 year old ("give or take") who just happens to be a vampire.  The horror in this film is really Oskar's isolation from the parents who really don't seem all that interested in him, and the persistent bullying he faces at school.  And there is nothing elegant or romantic about Eli's vampire life ( a nice change from the earnest teen love vampire romance genre so popular today)  - she lives in a barren tenament apartment, and her need for blood to survive is just a brutal fact of life.   I'm not going to say much more, as it would spoil the fun.

For those worried about blood and gore - there really isn't much.  And for those who have cats - you'll learn that they are effective protection against the Undead.  Just don't rent the dubbed DVD - brave the subtitles, it is well worth it.

*update* - actually, hold off watching this on DVD until after Xmas, when a release that contains the theatrical subtitles will be available - apparently the original DVD release had extremely poor subtitling  - or, of course, you could go see it on the big screen if you get the chance!

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