In the film Let the Right One In, it’s impossible to not have your focus pulled to the main character Oskar. From the beginning of the film as Oskar is shown in his bedroom acting out acts of violence, which continues throughout the beginning
of the film. Oskar is shown at school being osctrasized for being different by his peers. From there it becomes apparent that Oskar is acting out scenes of revenge he wishes to commit on his peers, mainly in the form of a knife that he carries around with him. As he clearly wishes for affection from his peers, and his parents, he finds these things in Eli; his new next door neighbor. Eli’s characteristics math the archetype for the most part of what we’ve studied especially in Bram Stokers Dracula. The archetype of needing to consume blood to be sustained and the frozen aging, as Eli is portrayed as forever a 12-year-old. Other classic characteristics that are embodied is the necessity to sleep in a coffin, which in this case was a home-made coffin in the form of a bathtub or even the fact that, much like the title of the film, Eli as a vampire must be invited in by Oskar otherwise she may not enter his apartment.
As far as the characters in the film, Oskar proves to be the stereo-typical outsider who finds solace with the fellow outsider. Although Eli does not attend school with Oskar, their bond grows rapidly and deep, especially given their age- however realizing that Eli is also many decades older than Oskar. Although Eli does not turn Oskar into a vampire, he seems to be grooming himself as a caretaker for Eli so that she does not get in trouble. Although there are model characteristics that are omitted from this vampire film, it is apparent that the themes of danger, love, lust, and the frustration of being an outsider are occurring, which forms another classical spin on the folklore of vampires, all things that were presented in each of the films in the course, Nosferatu, Dracula, and Bram Stoker's Dracula. Each of the films evolving over time, however maintaining the significant aspects of the folklore.
This take on the modern day vampire, although different was very realistic in the circumstances of both children and how they came to be together. The concept of Othering, or feeling alienated, was something that the two bonded over, and eventually helped one another overcome because of their connection.
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