Just saw Let the Right One In, an awesome Swedish vampire movie. It may well be the first Swedish movie I've ever seen and it blew me away.
It's set in 1980's and Oskar, our hero, is a bullied and isolated 12 year old boy. He makes friends with Eli, the mysterious girl from next door.
There was Frostbite and 30 Days and Nights so snow-bound vampires are obviously in. It's the dash of blood on the virginal white snow. It just looks right.
I like my vampires to be vampires. They kill. They drink blood, and the victims don't swoon, they scream and struggle and they DIE. HORRIBLY.
Old school vampires. Doing what they do best.
Eli is a vampire like no other. Just when you thought it had all been done, here we have a mutilated child who is truly alone and loving and pitiful. Just see the scene when she enters unbidden. She really loves Oskar in a way that's so undefended it's heartbreaking.
It's made me think, there's life in the old vampire yet. I must admit I'm a sucker for vampires (no pun intended). I even saw all three of the Underworld movies. Now that's dedication. There's room in the crypt for the Edward Cullens, Lestats, Draculas and Spikes. We never tire of them, I wonder why?
Ther's been the sexy aristocrat thing since Polidori, but it's something more basic than that. We are the vampire's food. We are prey. And though they look like us, do they really care? That's why our heart beats so much quicker.
Eli's final act of retribution is horrific. We're in deadly territory here, when we discuss her victims and responsiblity but it's natural to her to react the way she does. She is lethal in a way that's a mixture of tenderness and terror. It's all love and death with her.
See this film and welcome back the vampire. We've missed you.