Thursday, August 5, 2010

Day 02--Movie I think more people should see

It's so hard to correctly answer this question. What I mean is, instantly when I look at the question I think what I'd like all the people in this town to see. But then I realise that there is 'filmworld', where all the cinephiles such as myself live. So, my answer is purely based on what I think more New Zealander's should see, and if there are any of you readers who haven't seen it, I suggest you go and find it.
Let the Right One In is one of my most favourite modern horrors of all time. The first time I saw it I was overwhelmed by it's astounding beauty and resonance. Unfortunately, due to the popularity of the 'Twilight' films, this vampire tale was forgotten about. Just because it's Swedish and has subtitles, doesn't mean it sucks. Quite the opposite, actually.
This movie has been the subject of a few of my posts through the past months. It was actually the first film I reviewed on here...check out how small the review was and how bad I was at writing them back in October! Then, just a couple of months ago, I did a pretty nasty post on why America shouldn't have remade the film. And when the trailer for that remake was released, I unleashed my anger again. I always have problems with American remakes, but this one shouldn't have been touched. I don't care if Let Me In is really good, the American's ruin what wasn't theirs in the first place.
So before everyone goes and sees Let Me In, which they will, I definitely recommend that they watch Let the Right One In again. It is an underseen gem of a movie, which for once does justice to the vampire genre. For the complete experience, watch this on a laptop with your headphones in, and have the rest of the room dark. It is so creepy!
This is a great mind bending psychological horror (it is, actually, if you think about it) which stays with you long after you've watched it. Don't let the subtitles put you off. I barely even noticed they were there when I was watching it!


  1. Your comment about barely noticing the subtitles is apt. The director, Tomas Alfredson, has said that he wanted to film this movie as though it were a silent film. He wanted it to be very visual, and barely even need the dialog. He certainly succeeded in that regard: he shows us what is going on with the characters more often than he has them tell us what is going on. Your eyes spend so much time devouring the lovely images that you don't notice that you are reading the dialog in the subtitles in between.

  2. Sounds like something I might enjoy but might have otherwise gone unnoticed. Thanks for the insight. Much appreciated.


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