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If you want to see a good vampire movie...

Journal Entry: Wed Nov 26, 2008, 1:27 AM
...then see Let the Right One In.  A wonderful Swedish film about a lonely 12 year-old boy and the odd new girl that moves in next door.  Dark yet surprisingly gentle, slow paced, and beautifully innocent.  I don't think it's for everyone though.  The pacing is extremely leisurely by American standards, and it's more about the characters than bloody gore or effects (although it does have its share of blood.)  But I thought it was beautifully made.  I haven't seen Twilight, but I would guess this is a definite contrast to that.


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MasamunesSong Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2009
RIP, hakubaikou. I watched this because you recommended it. It was really good, I loved what they did with Eli's voice in the English version, too. It's such subtle horror-- relatively few graphics but used to great effect. I'm thinking of reading the book, too.

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Jemmaw89 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Hi there. Does the film have english subtitles?
hakubaikou Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2008
Yeah, it does. :)
MuffinSquire Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Does the book go by the same name? Who's the author?
darkcrystal1209 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
interesting, it's strange to see a vampire movie that's not about the young and sexy, but rather about children. The closest I can think of is Interview with a Vampire, where they turn the little girl, but even then, they make her into a seductive thing, where as these children still seem quite childlike, at least from what I watched in the trailer.

There's a book I just read not too long ago, got it on sale at Barnes and Noble not knowing what it was about, just knowing the cover looked cool and it was cheap, that was about a girl vampire, quite an interesting read, totally unique take on vampire mythology/lifestyle. It was called Fledgling by Octavia E. Butler, if anybody reading this is interested. Another vampire story I enjoy for the most part (yes, another book, sorry, I know this journal was originally about movies, lol) called Sunshine by Robin McKinely ... a fun read if you can wade through it. It was make a really great tv series, because there's so much crammed into the book, tons of backstory and little events and histories that could be turned into really entertaining episodes for tv ... at least in my opinion. It also ends on a bit of an uncertain note, at least for me, which really leaves me wanting more. An interesting one to check out if only to read through all the backstory and explanations and descriptions of the time/place the story occurs in - and if you can discern the slightly hidden plot beneath all that, then you've discovered a neat little gem that can be easily overlooked.

But anyway, there's my contribution to your vampire suggestions. I don't have any cool little-known vamp movies to share, unfortunately, though I will definitely have to check out the one you mentioned. It certainly looks more interesting than friggin Twilight (which annoys me already with it's crazed popularity, and it's barely even been out long ... not a good sign.)
Atlas0 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Sounds good and interesting =)
Rhynn Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2008  Student Digital Artist
I watched the film, and found it very beautiful....
thenumber42 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
OMG that looks FANTASTIC. :wow:

Totally adding that onto my list along with Blood and Donuts.
Neobakeneko Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2008
Blood and donuts was full of awesomeness <3
Now I should go...before my profiles get too high *ninja*
wittyxwitch Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2008
Twilgiht was funny! I didn't think it would be that hilarious!
elvenmaedchen Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2008
i loved 'let the right one in'. i didn't mind at all that the pace was slower than the average american film but then again i was at a film festival (fantasia in montreal and it's awesome if you can make it for a weekend or something) and most of the films are not american.

i also saw twilight last week and it was sooooo bad! totally butchered the book and i was super disappointed. arg.
bandeau Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
oooh i want to check it out. sounds like something me and my husband would really like. I wonder if we can find
snowmask Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
For a really, REALLY good Vampire flick that's both funny as hell and makes perfect sense, I'd go here [link] and watch the most recent episode :B
Artcandie Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2008
ooh i will have to see that! and screw twilight, it's based on a teen romance novel -_-' not a vampire story
shadavar Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2008
I read Twilight and it was a great character driven book. So can't wait to see how they translated it into the movie.
Mareth Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2008  Student General Artist
I saw that! I loved it. It was so melancholy in a wonderful way. It had really good effects and cinematography, too. <3
Catwagons Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Anyway, I'll give this a looksee. I'm always interested in Vampire fiction, if it's not garbage, and I love foreign films.
Catwagons Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
The only good part of Twilight was the Muse song, and the credits, meaning my wasted two something hours was over.

But that's my opinion.
TuulikkiW Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
Haven't seen the movie yet, but I read the book in one sitting and I cried several times... It might just be the best Swedish book I've ever read.
hakubaikou Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2008
If you see the movie, I do hope you enjoy it. :)
foeo Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Saw that one last week in the sneak preview. Was okay, but somehow... I dunno. Well, we have an old tv show for children called "Der kleine Vampir" (The small/young vampire)... I thought that film was the hardcore version of it ;) . It's interesting how it gets bloodier throughout the movie. And while I agree that the characters are somewhat well written and the story is kinda nice, they left out too much. And the acting was really bad.
hakubaikou Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2008
Wow. I had a completely different reaction to it. I liked it because they left things out. And I thought the acting was wonderfully understated and felt more real to me than most American films featuring children that age. American child actors generally lack innocence, IMO. There are a few exceptions, but they usually feel too... smooth.

Maybe I just haven't seen enough foreign films. But it was seriously a refreshing change from the shiny, slick crap that dominates American movies/TV. It's so hard to find a good vampire movie here. Makes me sad.

I don't suppose The Small Vampire is translated to English anywhere? I'd like to see it if it's good.
foeo Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
It was different from American films indeed. I'd even go so far to say that it would be worse if it had been produced in Hollywood. (I can imagine how it would've looked then.) Leaving things out can be good. Many asian flicks do that, especially with open ends, and it really helps to enjoy the movie after leaving the cinema (which is important for a good movie). Happy endings are sooo cliché anyway. But here it was a bit disturbing for me (unfortunally I have no example).

Regarding the acting, the two main characters weren't that bad for their age (not good, though), but everyone else, including the adults, was really terrible (especially the bullys). I generally don't see many films featuring children, since they are either stories for children that don't really appeal me, and/or they make the movie worse (Transporter 2 would be a good example).

Unfortunally it's hard to find good vampire or horror movies at all. Most of them are just pure crap and could rather go as comedy since they are so obvious and have bad written characters that are even worse played. Seen The Strangers a few weeks ago... man, that was bad.

I just checked and found that "Der Kleine Vampir" is called "The little Vampire" in Englisch (obvious translation). See [link] for more information. Looks like there is a translation indeed. But beware, it's a show for kids.
hakubaikou Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2008
I think they're actually planning an American remake of it. I have no idea how they'd do that and still retain the original feel of it. I don't think they can. I'm guessing the remake will be vastly different and most likely inferior to the original.

***** SPOILERS for those who haven't seen this *****

I do agree the ending is disturbing in this. At least, it's definitely not as warm and rosy as it might seem at first. You get a pretty good idea of what the future will be like for them.

Aah. Okay, I agree about the supporting cast. Yeah, they weren't as good.

And yes. It's hard to find any good vampire movies, which is sad, since the concept is so fascinating. And I feel that many of them don't really tap into the full potential. They focus on gore or just one aspect of it and ignore everything else.

Hmm. I'm not sure I'd be interested in The Little Vampire then. I'm not really looking for a children's story or a charming one. I'd rather see a creepy version. But thank you very much for taking the time to find that link!
foeo Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Reminds me of Nattevagten (Nightwatch). Good Danish horror flick. But bad American remake, even though it was the same director who even wrote both screenplays.

***** SPOILERS *****

The end wasn't really the problem. I think the ending was quite good, since it showed how the two characters got tied together.

But I thought of some examples that disturbed me. Her old helper/companion is the biggest "problem". He was just there, but they didn't tell us what kind of relationship they have, even though that would be very interesting. Could be about the same thing as with the boy. Could be the father or who knows what. Just a little hint would be nice and why he was so devoted to her.

Or what about the gender? Always telling that she is something different than a girl. Okay, so she's a vampire one would think. But why did they throw in that glimpse of her private parts? Total unnecessary if they don't pursue it any further.

And then there's some kind of inconsistence about the girl and bloodhunt. First it appears that she doesn't want to bite anyone and is really terrified after she did. But after that it's absolutely no problem. Besides, depending on her real age, she should have done it before, since I doubt she always had a helper.
DaniMyrick Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh wow, that looks awesome. I watched the trailer and the clip. :nod: I'm definitely interested. :thumbsup:
hakubaikou Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2008
Just warning you, it's very slow. :)
DaniMyrick Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the warning. :) I generally think American movies are in some spastic race for the finish line anyway. It looks like a nice change of pace. :nod:
hakubaikou Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2008
Yeah, I agree. Fast pacing works great for some movies, but not all.
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