Let The Right One In
I haven't seen the most-hyped vampire movie of the year, and I haven't read the book either. After seeing Let The Right One In, I don't care much to see or read the former since I think I've seen probably one of the best vampire love stories in a long time. It's a modern fairy tale that doesn't gloss over the dark overtones, but actually embraces them. It's about two tormented souls longing for connection and finding it in the most likely of places. Depending on how you view their circumstances, twelve-year old Oskar and Eli have a grim, doomed future, it cannot possibly end well for either of them, but for the moment, they have happiness, and in that last scene in the train, I felt simultaneously uplifted and despondent. It's bleak and beautiful, tragic and comic, deeply unsettling, but disturbingly right all at once. For Oskar who is bullied and feels powerless, Eli is rage and violence unleashed, but the attraction on both sides is based more on an overwhelming longing for companionship rather than a lust for the forbidden. One of the most heart-breaking, romantic love stories I've seen in a while.
I can't really say I've seen a lot of vampire movies worth recommending. Other than Let The Right One In , the only other vampire-themed show I've really enjoyed is Joss Whedon's Buffy the Vampire Slayer series. I like my vampires metaphorical and angsty :)