If you read last week’s Ebertfest issue of buzz, you might have noticed that I made fun of Twilight quite a few times. The main reason why the movie and books fail at being legit works of vampire media (besides being horribly, horribly written) is that they don’t take the vampire mythos seriously. Luckily, Ebertfest showed Let the Right One In this year, a fantastic vampire movie that stays true to its roots.
When Roger Ebert came out to introduce the film, he compared the film to Nosferatu, as they both take vampires very seriously. He praised how the many puzzles of the film all come together to describe the mystery of vampires.
“This is a daring, brilliant film that asks a lot of questions,” said Ebert.
Ebert’s words were very, very true. Let the Right One In is brilliant. A horror movie that understands that fear is not about cheap gags, but instead builds anxiety in its viewers with subtlety and unconventional shot choices. One of the best sequences of the entire film is when they show what happens when a vampire enters a house that they are not invited in to.
After the film the producer of the film, Carl Molinder, was invited on the stage to discuss the production of the film and to take questions from the audience. He even helped Chaz Ebert with her attempt at pronouncing the title of the film in its native Swedish.
One of the more interesting topics of discussion was the current fad of vampire movies and where Let the Right One In falls into this new trend.
Molinder described how he had no idea why vampire movies have become so popular, and it was never their intention to make this movie because it was about vampires.
The movie is based off the book of the same name by Swedish writer John Ajvide, which has some autobiographical elements about the author’s childhood (except the vampire). What interested Molinder and made him want to produce the film was not the vampire aspect, but instead the story of a child who is neglected by his parents and the emptiness that he feels.
“It would work without the vampires,” said Molinder.
While I disagree with that statement, I understand what he is trying to say. This film is so much more than just a vampire movie. As one fan in the audience said: “It is one of the most romantic films I have ever seen.”