Fangs God It’s Friday: Eli

One of the most unusual vampire films in recent years has to be Let the Right One In. I saw lots of buzz about this film online. Despite my skepticism, I decided to watch it. While the idea of a vampire trapped at an age before adulthood or the the teen years isn’t a new idea (look no further than Claudia from Interview with the Vampire), this film managed to give it an added, disturbing twist with Eli, a vampiress forever trapped in the body of a 12-year-old.

Lina Leandersson as Eli in Let The Right One In

While this Swedish film moved at a snail’s pace, the massive amount of disturbing in it kept me watching. Eli is not only forever 12-years-old, but you get the feeling even her mind is somewhat trapped at that age, which upped the freakiness and made “eternal youth” look far from appealing. Perhaps my favorite twist on the vampire myth came from the notion of a vampire needing to be invited into a home and what would happen if a vampire violated this rule. Yikes!

All in all, the young actress Lina Leandersson delivered a hell of a performance, as did her co-star, the young Kåre Hedebrant. This left me incredibly skeptical about the chances for a successful American adaptation of the movie, but for my thoughts on that, you’ll have to wait for a future Fangs God It’s Friday.

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About Bill Blume

Bill Blume discovered his love for the written word while in high school and has been writing ever since. His latest book Gidion's Blood is being released on August 11th by Diversion Books. His short stories have been in many fantasy anthologies and various ezines. Just like the father figure in his first novel, Bill works as a 911 dispatcher for Henrico County Police and has done so for more than a decade. He also served as the 2013 chair for James River Writers in Richmond, which produces one of the nation’s best annual conferences for educating and connecting writers.
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  1. Pingback: Fangs God It’s Friday: Claudia | Bill Blume

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