Let the Right One In

Movie review time kiddies! Get out the popcorn, turn down the lights, and if someone knocks, be sure to tell them to come in because you never know how much of a special snowflake they might be.

Let the Right One In is 2008 Swedish romantic horror film directed by Tomas Alfredson, adapted from the novel of the same name by John Ajvide Lindqvist. It’s the mid-’70s in the suburb of Blackeberg outside of Stockholm, and 12-year-old Oskar is playacting Jeffrey Dahmer-style. No I don’t mean man-raping and zombie-making, but brandishing a hunting knife in his room growling threats to the visualized school bullies making his life a living hell. Meanwhile a middle-aged man has just moved into the apartment next door, redecorating with cardboard and thick curtains over the windows…

After being whipped by the school prick Conny (must be pissed over his parents’ choice of faggoty name) Oskar is spending his evening outside his apartment block’s courtyard stabbing a tree to death when he’s disrupted by a strange girl with bad fashion taste and hygiene issues.

“Do you live here?” Oskar asks.

“Yeah… right here in this jungle gym.” She jumps down onto the thick carpet of snow effortlessly. Her name is Eli, a 200-year-old (forever 12) vampire girl. But just to let you know, she’s never going to be Oskar’s friend. Not. Now if I wanted to compare I’d say Eli was Anne Rice’s Claudia gone wrong, but that’s what makes her even cooler. The idea of making use of an oft-forgotten bit of vampire lore (having to invite him/her in before snacking) as a metaphor for Eli’s and Oskar’s lives and relationship was delightfully original.

The vampire genre has been inundated with sparkles, teen wangst, and homicidal fangirls, LTROI has been a frigid breath of fresh air. But my fellow purists (and sane people) hold that sigh of relief because LTROI is up for an American adaptation. As if H’wood hasn’t wrecked The Eye, Dark Water, and Ring series enough. Now I’m ordering the book as I write this, but I’ve already checked out the spoilers and while the novelist did the script adaption he left out the pedophilic relationship between Eli and her companion Håkan (an unavoidable situation for Oskar should Eli not turn him), minor events, and characters were omitted.

LTROI gets 4 out of 5 demon signs up. This isn’t my first European foreign film, I expected nudity and bodily functions to be included. So just to warn the faint of heart (or crazed conservatives) there is a 5 second glimpse of an 11-year-old’s pussy. But I hardly think that a little girl dropping from trees and living like a feral house cat would be stimulating.

P.S. I’d like to give a shout to Tprinces because if it wasn’t for her, I’d taking up self-mutilation when the torrent sites get slammed by New Moan fucktards.

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