Let The Right One In Theme: Loss of Innocence
A theme that can be seen in Let The Right One In is a loss of innocence. Hakan, who is Eli’s protector, is assumed to be her previous love interest when he was fourteen years old, and he has remained with her ever since and morphed into her protected. The issue with Hakan staying in Eli’s life is that she has slowly corrupted him. Hakan is now in charge of fetching bodies for Eli to drain of blood in order to stay healthy, so Hakan is murdering innocent people for Eli. This complete loss of innocence that Hakan experiences is a foreshadow for what Oskar’s life will soon look like as he is taking his place as Eli’s love interest and future protector.
Theme Paralleled in Buffy the Vampire Slayer
This loss of innocence theme also parallels into Buffy the Vampire Slayer, although it’s not quite as dramatic. However, the new friends that Buffy makes, even just in season one episodes one, suffer a loss of innocence upon learning about the existence of vampires. Without Buffy’s interference in their lives, Jesse, Xander, and Willow would not have learned of the secret world of vampires.
While Eli and Buffy do not have the direct intentions of being cynical, their actions that lead to the exposure of vampires put their friends’ lives in danger. A sequel to Let The Right One In would likely show Oskar murdering people in order to supply blood to Eli, which would not be his natural course in life had he not met Eli. And the development of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer series will show the increased knowledge of vampires and the supernatural world that Buffy’s friends have inevitably become a part of, which puts them in increasingly more danger.
Let The Right One In. Directed by Tomas Alfredson, performances by Kare Hedebrant, Lina Leandersson, Per Ragnar, 2008.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Created by Joss Whedon, performances by Sarah Michelle Gellar, 1997-2003.