Friday, April 10, 2009

Let In' The Swedish Vampires from NPR

Let In' The Swedish Vampires
In Let the Right One In, Eli and Oskar are both lonely 12-year-olds — but one of them happens to be a vampire. Critic-at-large John Powers calls the Swedish film "the best vampire movie in the last 75 years."

Fresh Air from WHYY

by John Powers


It's an essential feature of vampires that they're able to live forever. The same is true, it seems, of vampire stories.

Almost two centuries after John Polidori wrote the first vampire tale in English, these blood-drinking fiends are bigger business than ever. Last fall, as our financial firms sank, the blue chip cultural stock of vampirism was soaring, with the blockbuster film of Stephanie Meyer's bestseller Twilight, the launch of the hit HBO series Tru Blood and — last but not least — the art-house cult-favorite that's invariably described as "the Swedish vampire movie."

Its name is Let the Right One In — the title comes from a song by Morrissey — and I'm not exaggerating when I say that it's probably the best vampire movie in the last 75 years. Because it originally appeared in limited release, most of you wouldn't have had a chance to see it. But now it's out on DVD and anyone can marvel at how Tomas Alfredson's brilliant film manages to inject new blood into what seems like an anemic old story.

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