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We are watching Let the Right One In., supposedly the best horror movie of last year. It is very prettily photographed, and very, very boring.

Bloody art house.

ETA: Oh, the attack of the cats was some of the worst FX I've seen and the only laugh so far in this movie.

ETA 2: Spontaneous combustion? Why would vampires spontaneously combust? Didn't someone ought to tell Van Helsing?

ETA 3: The kid who plays Oskar is pretty good. Shame about the rest of the cast.

ETA 4: Swimming bath sequence. Very, very silly.

Oh most lame and impotent conclusion!
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Perhaps it's just I don't usually watch horror movies, but I found the ending positively chilling.

I generally only watch well reviewed horror movies. Ringu it wasn't - or even the US remake, The Ring. Nor was it hilarious and horrific, like The Host, or scary, like the original version of The Haunting.

Horror is not a well-served genre, but this film make the mistake of giving you time to think things like; where are the police? The media? The forensic teams? The welfare services?

It also built up a mood and then broke it, for instance with the silly sequence where the cats attacked (they would, actually, have run, and cats don't attack like that anyway) and there was either too much or too little blood, depending on the sequence. (Too much blood from the vampire bites, too little for the sequence at the swimming pool.)


Edited at 2010-08-06 05:21 am (UTC)

Ringu it wasn't - or even the US remake, The Ring. Nor was it hilarious and horrific, like The Host, or scary, like the original version of The Haunting.

No, it was much much better than all of those. *sighs*

And the actress who played Eli was blooming fantastic. Sounds like the problem was that you were on the internet rather than focussing on the film.

No, the problem was that it was badly paced, that it gave you too much time to think, and that the plot was plain silly, even for a horror movie.

And I was on the internet because I was bored half an hour in. If it had held my attention I wouldn't have picked up the laptop. What's more, I'd been looking forward to seeing it and was all attention - which was why I was so disappointed. Not engaged with the characters, not in the least scared, not in the least shocked, though, as I said, the photography was pretty.

Edited at 2010-08-07 05:13 am (UTC)

And I was on the internet because I was bored half an hour in.

The movie has a really slow start. Agreed.

But it sounds like by the time the pace picked up you'd already given up on it.

not in the least scared

I never understand this criticism. I don't want movies to scare me. If it does then fair enough, but I'm much more interested in plot and characters. Were you not moved by the relationship between the Eli and Oskar at all?

Hey, I was paying enough attention to read every single bloody sub-title. I'm good at multi-tasking, particularly with a keyboard in front of me. Before VCRs I used to type scripts while watching the programme.

Were you not moved by the relationship between the Eli and Oskar at all?

No. I found them both totally unsympathetic.


Personally I liked it for being slow and moody instead of sending for another fifty gallons of Kensington Gore like every other horror movie these days.

Read the book, there's a lot they didn't show of the motivations behind stuff like the swimming pool, why the old guy looks after Eli and what happens after he takes a nose dive out the hospital as well as Eli's history and turning.

I'm not at all keen on Kensington Gore myself - my favourite horror movie is the original version of The Haunting - but if you are going to have arms torn off and such you need a bit of realism (i.e. there would be a lot more blood.) Also, these things didn't have any consequences. One of the most civilised countries in the world here - so where were the police, the forensics, the media? It didn't make any sense.

The police are a lot more in evidence in the book along with peoples reactions to the media reporting of the murders. There's a whole sub plot missing from the film about one of the other kids Oskar knows on the estate and his mothers boyfriend the cop.

As the film could have done with less pretty posing in the snow and more dialogue and action, it's a pity the scriptwriter thought it was dispensable then.

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