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Introduction

Anne Billson

in Let the Right One In

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906733506
eISBN:
9781800342514
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906733506.003.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter introduces the Swedish vampire film, Låt den rätte komma (Let the Right One In), which not only stands out from contemporary vampire films, but ranks among the very best vampire movies ... More


Let the Right One In

Anne Billson

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906733506
eISBN:
9781800342514
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906733506.001.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

These days it takes a very special vampire movie to stand out. Like Twilight, the Swedish film Let the Right One In is a love story between a human and a vampire but there the resemblance ends. Let ... More


Textual Analysis: Are you a Vampire?

Anne Billson

in Let the Right One In

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906733506
eISBN:
9781800342514
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906733506.003.0003
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter speculates on the approach when the romanticized notions about vampires are removed as shown in Tomas Alfredson's Let the Right One In. The chapter analyses the miserable and lonely ... More


The Other Swedish Vampire Movie: What a Totally Uncool way to Die.

Anne Billson

in Let the Right One In

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906733506
eISBN:
9781800342514
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906733506.003.0004
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter compares Tomas Alfredson's Let the Right One In with Anders Banke's Frostbiten (2006), the only other non-porn Swedish vampire movie to date. It examines how Frostbiten takes a larkier, ... More


The Vampire’s Arrival: And When he Crossed the Bridge, the Phantoms Came to Meet Him.

Anne Billson

in Let the Right One In

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906733506
eISBN:
9781800342514
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906733506.003.0005
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter recounts how Tomas Alfredson's Let the Right One In begins with a black screen with simple white credits and the title of the film in red, which are colors that are predominant in the ... More


‘Be Me, For a Little While’

Anne Billson

in Let the Right One In

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906733506
eISBN:
9781800342514
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906733506.003.0002
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter discusses Tomas Alfredson's Let the Right One In as one of the best new horror films since the genre's last great creative flourishing in the 1970s. It highlights some of Let the Right ... More


The Vampire as Metaphor

Anne Billson

in Let the Right One In

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906733506
eISBN:
9781800342514
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906733506.003.0008
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter explains how horror stories have dabbled in parts of the human condition that more respectable mainstream culture dares not touch. It considers vampire movies and books that provide an ... More


The Vampire’s Assistant

Anne Billson

in Let the Right One In

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906733506
eISBN:
9781800342514
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906733506.003.0013
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter explains why vampirism is often seen as a metaphor for capitalist exploitation as vampires are often portrayed to prey on the weak. It analyses movie monsters, especially vampires, that ... More


Becoming a Vampire: I don’t Want to Live.

Anne Billson

in Let the Right One In

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906733506
eISBN:
9781800342514
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906733506.003.0010
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter looks at vampire movies that became a metaphor for drug addiction in films like Martin, Near Dark and Abel Ferrara's The Addiction from 1995. It recounts how AIDS hit the headlines in ... More


The Vampire’s Departure: I’ve got to go Away.

Anne Billson

in Let the Right One In

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906733506
eISBN:
9781800342514
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906733506.003.0015
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter reviews traditional vampire films that can have only one ending, where the vampire is destroyed either by being staked through the heart, decapitated, exposed to daylight, or burned. It ... More


The Vampire’s Lifestyle: Are You, Like, Poor?

Anne Billson

in Let the Right One In

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906733506
eISBN:
9781800342514
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906733506.003.0011
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter discusses traditional vampires that live in large cob-webbed castles or crumbling stately mansions or sometimes dabble in real estate or property development, such as in the film The ... More


Meeting the Vampire: I Can’t Be Your Friend.

Anne Billson

in Let the Right One In

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906733506
eISBN:
9781800342514
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906733506.003.0006
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter talks about Oskar's school in Tomas Alfredson's Let the Right One In, which is introduced by an establishing shot and framed by the entrance to an underpass. The chapter explains how ... More


Vampire Rules: You Have to Invite Me in.

Anne Billson

in Let the Right One In

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906733506
eISBN:
9781800342514
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906733506.003.0014
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter probes the public fascination with vampires caused by the panoply of rules and rituals that have arisen around them, such as drinking blood, casting no reflection, or turning into other ... More


The Vampire’s Nemesis: I’d Like to Tear That Damned Kid Limb From Limb.

Anne Billson

in Let the Right One In

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906733506
eISBN:
9781800342514
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906733506.003.0012
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter talks about vampire movies of the 1960s that did not follow the Hammer template of the Van Helsing-esque agent defeating evil. It describes Mario Bava's Black Sunday from 1960 as a more ... More


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