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.
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.