When I saw this was listed on the St. Louis International Film Festival (SLIFF) schedule I was pretty excited. I’d been seeing the most incredible trailer for this on HDNET and was completely intrigued. This is the movie that defines 1980’s era character study Swedish coming of age vampire films. It’s already regrettably setup for an American remake by Cloverfield director Matt Reeves.
The screening was sold out for this one, which might be the exception to the rule for SLIFF screenings from my limited attendance so far. (It is truly an impressive festival, I should mention.) I really loved this film. This is really a drama with bloody goodness and not so much a horror/thriller film as one might expect. It’s a gorgeous one at that and every frame in this movie is suitable wall art.
I look forward to catching this one again on the big screen. It would be a shame if a little bit of reading scared the majority of the American audience away. This movie will play better on the big screen with all of the associated communal benefits.
Now somebody please release Tomas Alfredson’s previous works in the U.S. so I can see how this all started.
Trivia Points – The title is apparently a reference to the Morrissey song Let the Right One Slip In. (Moz feels like an old friend by now)
Here are a bunch of stills from the film for your viewing pleasure: