Vampire Movie Week: Let the Right One In

All Vampire Movie Week reviews and profiles will contain spoilers of the films.

Let the Right One In (2008)

Written by: John Ajvide Lindqvist
Directed by: Tomas Alfredson
Starring: Kåre Hedebrant, Lina Leandersson

Synopsis: Oskar is a lonely middle schooler with divorced parents. He is the target of bullies and collects articles about murders. Then he meets Eli, a girl more or less his age who moves in next door. The two become fast friends, bonding over the playscape and Rubik’s cube of childhood and the chocolates (that, well, she can’t enjoy, but she TRIES) and secret messages of early adolescent relationships. As they grow closer, Oskar grows more confident, joining the wrestling team, and finally standing up to the bullies, violently thwacking the leader with a stick and cutting off part of his ear. He gets in some trouble but the adults are distracted by the discovery of a dead body. See, earlier, Hakan, the man assumed by the community to be Eli’s father, dropped the body into the river after she’d sucked him dry. She’s the vampire in this vampire movie. But Oskar had said he’d still like her if she wasn’t a girl, and he does. He-who-is-not-really-Eli’s dad self-mutilates and then allows her to drink his blood. Lacke, the best friend of the murdered man, Jocke, pulls Eli off his girlfriend, Ginia, in time to save her from death but not undeath and she tricks a doctor into letting the sunlight kill her. So he goes after Eli but Oskar is there to warn her and he’s put out of his misery (the story was way hard on poor Lacke). Unfortunately, all these murders mean Eli has to leave town and she kisses Oskar goodbye and disappears in a cab. But when the bullies plot to exact revenge for Conny’s ear, she shows up to save him and exact her own vengeance. Oskar joins her in her escape, and we may infer he is taking up the role vacated by Hakan.

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Vampire Movie Week: Eclipse

All Vampire Movie Week reviews and profiles will contain spoilers of the films.

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010)

Written by: Melissa Rosenberg
Directed by: David Slade
Starring: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner

Synopsis: Bella wants to be a vampire. Edward wants Bella to marry him. Jacob wants Bella to stay human and stay with him. Victoria wants to kill Bella because Edward killed her one true love. Riley wants to believe he is Victoria’s one true love. Leah wants to be Sam’s one true love. But Sam is imprinted on Emily. Bella asks “Do I want to know what that means?” We answered “No.” but Jacob told her. Read the rest of this entry »

Vampire Movie Week: Interview with the Vampire

All Vampire Movie Week reviews and profiles will contain spoilers of the films.

Interview with the Vampire (1994)

Written by: Anne Rice
Directed by:
Starring: Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, Kirsten Dunst, Antonio Banderas, Christian Slater

Synopsis: A vampire tells an intrepid reporter his undeath story. Once a well-to-do plantation owner outside New Orleans, Louis loses his wife and child in childbirth and starts down the path of Emo. For reasons unclear this attracts the attention of the vampire Lestat and he decides to “make” Louis — turn him vampire. This makes Louis even more emo. Unhappy with the damned life of the undead, Louis refuses to drink human blood, but the lack makes him a little batty. He comes upon a young girl in a plague ridden shantytown and is so far gone he can’t help but drink her blood. Lestat finds them and without Louis’ approval turns her, too, as a gift. The child, Claudia, does succeed in making Louis less emo for a while, but she has a monster temper and eventually tries to kill off Lestat for trapping her as a little girl forever. Louis and Claudia escape to France where they meet up with an enclave of ancient-and-frankly-psycho vampires led by the supposedly charismatic Armand. Armand wants Louis to be his new right hand and when he can’t secure his interest, Claudia is burned to death. Louis in turn burns down everyone. And thus we are caught up with the present, Louis, lonely and more emo than ever and Lestat, still undead and alone. Basically a return to the status quo and when the interviewer asks to become a vampire Louis realizes probably no one will ever really understand.

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Vampire Movie Week: Fright Night

All Vampire Movie Week reviews and profiles will contain spoilers of the films.

Fright Night (1985)

Written and directed by: Tom Holland
Starring: Chris Sarandon, William Ragsdale, Amanda Bearse, Roddy McDowall, Stephen Geoffreys

Synopsis: A vampire moves next door to a teenager with an overactive imagination. Hi-jinks ensue. Well, not really hi-jinks, that’s more the plot of The Burbs — but 15 minutes in, I did say “So far, this reminds me of The Burbs” so. Anyway, the kid, Charlie, tries to tell his mom, get the police involved, and enlist the help of Peter Vincent, a local TV personality with a cable show about hunting vampires (if a vampire ever moves in next to me, I’m definitely going to Sarah Michelle Gellar), but all to no avail. Surprise, surprise, no one believes in vampires. But he has a best friend, the unfortunately named Evil Ed, and a girlfriend, Amy, willing to pay the faux vampire hunter to declare the neighbor not-a-vampire. This, of course, results in all four of them being marked for death (Charlie and Vincent) and undeath (Ed and Amy — who, of course!, looks like vampire Jerry’s long lost love) by the vampire.

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Vampire Movie Week

From Saturday June 26 to Saturday July 3 Red Carpet Superhero will be celebrating Vampire Movie Week.

Six movies will be chosen from the following list of suggestions (based on availability and interest of the screening audience):

30 Days of Night
An American Vampire Story
Fright Night
Interview with the Vampire
Let the Right One In
The Lost Boys
Near Dark
Once Bitten
Shadow of the Vampire

The seventh film is, of course, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (opening June 30).

If you tweet about the event, remember to tag it #vampiremovieweek so I can follow along!

ETA: Due to scheduling issues with summer hours, VampireMovieWeek posts will continue past July 3rd until we’re done watching! Cheers!