In this strange era of vampire glorification, it’s startling to watch an un-glamorized version of the myth. Låt den rätte komma in (Let the Right One In) is neither the blood-bath of horror nor the cheese-bath of romance. Instead, this film is a haunting consideration of what vampirism might look like without the dietary alternatives of Tru Blood or deer meat.
John Ajvide Lindqvist wrote the novel and screenplay about a thirteen-year-old vampire, Eli, and her twelve-year-old neighbor, Oskar. The stark landscape of rural (suburban?) Sweden could be the third corner of their love triangle. Nonetheless, the real third party is Håkan, the adult whose job is to tap blood for his young charge. Let me tell you, no amount of chloroform makes these scenes palatable. Will Oskar become Eli’s new hunter? See this film before it’s ruined with the remake scheduled for next year.
Watch the trailer here.
Bio: Erica Wright is the poetry editor at Guernica. Her “interview with John Ashbery”:https://www.guernicamag.com/interviews/507/houses_at_night_1/, “Houses at Night,” appeared in Guernica’s February 2008 issue. Read her last recommendation “here”:https://www.guernicamag.com/blog/1446/rec_room_erica_wright_cara_b/.