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Why Music Inspired Prose is the Best (or the entry with the vampire movie)

by Cris Puno


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Cris Puno





ltron.jpgFor this post, I’ve decided to veer a bit, and post a shout out to a film. It’s a film that begs to be recommended to everyone you know, just because of it’s sheer intrigue factor. It’s about the undying, yet complicated love, between a vampire and a human – a movie called Twilight. Well..no. Actually, Twilight and sheer intrigue factor don’t equate, nor would I be so excited to blog about that movie enough to make me veer away from my standard blogging procedures. Though, I may be blogging about a film now, two things still haven’t changed – I’m still raving about something Swedish, since it’s the Swedish vampire flick “Låt den rätte komma in (Let the Right One In)” and also about music, as the film’s title is based on Morrissey’s song “Let the Right One Slip In”.

For the music inspired prose part, the movie is actually based off the book of the same title by John Ajvide Lindqvist, a devoted Morrissey fan. With this bit of trivia in mind, you can expect that the story is anything but uplifting and optimistic, with underlying themes of loneliness, depression, lovesickness and a touch of black humour (surprisingly a great mix, which produces something that’s thoroughly entertaining). It’ll give you the same feelings that you get listening to a barrage of The Smiths songs, only this time, you get it in horror film form.

The plot revolves around 12 year-old Oskar, quiet, timid and often bullied. He gains interest in his odd and mysterious new next-door neighbor, Eli, who turns out to be a blood-sucking creature of the night. The book borrows its title from the context of this one line in Morrissey’s song: “I’d say you were within your rights to bite”, referring to the age-old belief that vampires can only come into your home (with the rights to bite), if invited. In the film, this turns out to be quite true and becomes one of the most engaging scenes of the movie. Here, we find out what happens to a vampire who comes in uninvited:

I won’t give away too much of the story. Let’s just say that it’s not your run-of-the-mill vampire horror flick. If I could categorize this film with tags, it would definitely be: vampires, young love, bullying, innocence, loneliness, gore, weight-training and eunuchs (intrigued much?). Also, the two kids playing Oskar and Eli (Kåre Hedebrant and Lina Leandersson) were absolutely impressive.

If there’s one thing that I’ve learned from this movie, it’s if you don’t like your kid to get bullied –  never, ever give him a pageboy/apple-cut haircut. Didn’t About a Boy already drive that point around?

As always, for your listening pleasure, here’s the song that inspired the book/movie –

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