Thursday, January 08, 2009

Let the Right One In

This Friday I’ll once again be appearing on Eastside 89.7 FM’s Cinemascape show. As well as discussing the new Wil Smith film Seven Pounds and the animated tale of mice and soup The Tale of Despereaux I’ll be passing judgement on the fabulous Swedish vampire film Let the Right One In. Based on the novel by John Ajvide Lindqvist the film portrays the trials and tribulations of a twelve year old boy dealing with bullies, his parents divorce, school and living next door to a vampire. Subtlety using ideas and motifs from many classics of the genre, in particular Salem’s Lot, but redefining them against the chilling, snow covered vistas of the Swedish countryside. The film brings fresh blood to the often staid and predictable vampire genre. Visually the film is stunning, from the nocturnal vampiric attacks to the final swimming pool massacre, director Thomas Alfredson shows a sure hand during even the most uncomfortable moments. The fact that it is two twelve year olds discovering love and dealing with an uncontrollable thirst for plasma only adds to the frisson and the two young leads are outstanding. One of the best horror films of recent times and terrifyingly enough already lined up for the dreaded Hollywood remake. One shudders to think who would be cast in the lead roles. Tune in at 6pm to hear my thoughts.

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