I watched this really cool vampire movie on Sunday. The movie is called Let me In. It’s based on a Swedish story and there is also a Swedish version of this movie called Let the Right One In. I thought about seeing the Swedish version, but then I would have to read subtitles and I hate reading a movie—just a pet peeve of mine. I’m glad I watched the American version because it was set in 1983 in New Mexico during winter, which gave the movie a stark, frightening look that matched the story.
The main thing I liked about this movie was how different it was from other vampire flicks like Twilight. The vampire wasn’t sparkly and certainly wasn’t a seductive creature. There was no sex or sexual undertones. This vampire tale was really unique because it was a coming of age story with twelve-year-old kids. Well, the vampire looked twelve, but was a lot older. She used her innocent looks to lure her victims and also to recruit her human caretakers. When she is overcome by her blood lust, she is terrifying.
Let me In is a thought provoking story in many ways. I don’t want to spoil the ending for anyone, but there is a theme in this movie that deals with bullies and those they choose to pick on. In some ways, the vampire is no different in how she chooses her caretakers—although in a strange way, there is affection in this odd relationship of master and caretaker.
It was refreshing to see a vampire movie that reveals the darker side of vampires and of life in general.
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