This is not a comparison between the two movies. I liked both for different reasons and they inspired my story MY DARK NATURE.
I know the current trend is Stephenie Meyer's TWILIGHT. Yes, there is so much buzz over super god-like vampires which Anne Rice's novels made popular. While I do prefer a more humble, mysterious, classic theme... I still enjoy TWILIGHT for what it is. Not sure how to define it right now, maybe superman grows fangs and gets a fetish for anorexic chicks? Sorry, just had to get that out of the way. No offense intended to twilight fans, just teasing.
Okay, back to LET THE RIGHT ONE IN by John Ajvide Lindqvist, a Swedish writer who's story graduated into movie.
The main reason I enjoyed the movies so much is because it captures the very heart of FORBIDDEN. It's the lure of something not allowed yet desperately needed with every fiber in your being. If you have not read the book or seen the movie, please do not hold me responsible for spoiling the story.
The original swedish movie LET THE RIGHT ONE IN was truly amazing. Sure, the special effects were not up to Hollywood standard. But the artfulness and chemistry was mind blowing. You really felt for the Eli, the vampire girl, and Oskar, the human boy, throughout the movie. Eli seemed cursed with who she is but has accepted her life. It's like picking the lesser of two evils. There were a few innocent victims that didn't deserve to die. Still, I was left feeling conflicted for both predator and prey. The same way you feel for the gazelle when a lion eats it, but marvel at the lion's will to survive.
The american movie LET ME IN was also great. Especially, if your a fan of Chole Moretz, who blew my mind in KICKASS. She plays vampire Abby in LET ME IN. Once again, the movie retains that forbbiden feel mixed with hollywood action. The american version does switch up some bits of the story. I didn't mind cause most of it remained the same.
I don't mind when people take a story and retell it in their own way because we are all different. It's like asking an eyewitnesses their point of view about the same event. Variety makes the world go round, no? It also annoys me when people outright copy everything just to make a buck. At least give credit/reference to the original creator.
Well, that's all I have to say. Hope you enjoyed the book, movies, and my stories.
Feel free to comment about anything.