on Let the Right One In

Originally posted on June 25, 2009 at 1:12 AM

Watched a really good vampire movie tonight with Kitty. My mom found an article about it and forwarded it to me, and I checked it out from the public library. It’s called “Let the Right One In.” It’s a Swedish film with captions, so if you don’t like captions I wouldn’t recommend it, but if they don’t deter you… dig in. This is an achingly beautiful film.

I don’t think I would say it necessarily brings anything new to vampires as a genre and concept, but as a movie, I think that might be part of the appeal. It is so wonderfully refreshing to see a simple vampire story that doesn’t rely on tricks and gimmicks for its impact. No twists on the old story, no crazy over the top long action sequences (although there was one unfortunately crummy animation snippet, easily overlooked), no sex scenes, no fake looking blood. It was all good. Just right. But don’t get me wrong; there were some wickedly awesome effects in there. True and honest and real. The genuineness of the plot made me buy into it more, not less. No back story, no explanations (Queen of the Damned), no world view.

If you’re intrigued, check it out. Literally. If you have a public library card (free), it’s free. That’s right. Screw you, Blockbuster!

Thanks for the recommendation, Mom!

PS- This is a movie best watched in the dark with no distractions. There’s a lot to miss if you look away, because there’s no “IT’S COMING NOW!” soundtrack to clue you in.

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