Monday, March 16, 2009

Herdy Gerdy SPLAT!

Let the Right One In (2008)

Starring: Kåre Hedebrant, Lina Leandersson

The Gist: Bullied boy (Hedebrant) meets girl (Leandersson). She happens to be a vampire. She’s moved in next door with some old guy, who I’ve decided is her brother, though it’s not made clear at all. Together they discover that vampirism is a metaphor for puberty and sex. Not much else happens, and whoever made this seems to realise everyone’s on to the whole vampires-equal-sex thing. They shoot it really nicely and throw a lot of interesting deaths at you so you don’t feel like you’ve wasted your time. Even though you kind of have. Ooh look, more blood!

And then what happens?: The reason this is getting a lot of attention, apart from it being better than your average vampire film, is that it’s from Sweden. That means subtitles, and subtitles mean it’s important and you’ll look fancy if you have it in your DVD collection. But the best part about it being in Swedish is that it’s an inherently funny language. If I ever see it again it will be as part of a drinking game where everyone knocks something back when a character says “ja” or “nej”, or when over 75% of a given shot is comprised of snow.

See it for: The scene at the pool. The weeping boy with the Princess Diana hair. Ha.

Level of Crazy: 7. Vi ses snart slampa!

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