I don’t like Twilight. I thought the books were unremarkable and bad long before I realised the real horror that they made a movie about it. In fact, when it comes to the movie, there are many things that can be said about Twilight and its horde of screaming fan-girls. Unfortunately I was taught that if all I have to say were things that could make people burst into flames, I shouldn’t really say them.
That being said, I think that film, Twilight is nothing more than fan-girl screaming trash of a book-bastardization Hollywood movie which features emo looking vampires that can’t go out into the sun because they’ll glow and everyone else will know that’s them (which has got to be the biggest slap in the face reasoning for a vampire lore) and a teen girl who wants to get hot and sweaty with one of them (because he’s hot). Mercifully, I found a better alternative than watching this trash (a great big hat tip to Swifty for recommending me this movie and you can read his review of it here). The movie is called “Let The Right One In“ and don’t let the title or its country of origin fool you (It’s a Swedish film) it’s probably one of the best vampire-human love stories to date.
Without giving too much away, the story is based on a book of the same name about a 12 year old boy, Oskar who’s constantly bullied and dreams of bloody revenge. He meets a strange lonely girl, Eli who isn’t afraid of the cold and is never seen in daylight. Turns out she’s a 200 year old vampire with a mind and body of a 12 year old and a constant need to feed on human beings with the help of her human caretaker who is a serial killer that finds her victims and cleans up the mess. As the body count rises, the boy and girl find comfort and strength in each other against their own darkness.
Despite it’s twisted, gruesome plot that’s beautifully executed, the underlying premise of the film is about innocent love between two preteen children. None of this teen romance thing that’s been overdone in a lot of movies. It’s won a lot of awards in film festivals and it’s a worthwhile watch if you ever get your hands on it. Fortunately, yes it does come with subtitles so you don’t have to learn Swedish to catch the gist of the movie.
In short, there is no reason for you not to go out and find this movie, sit down with a friend or three and watch it from beginning to end. Maybe it’ll open a whole new world of awesome movies that are not made by Hollywood. I can only hope, but in this case, you can take my word for it.