Bubbawheat is hosting a fun event over at Flights Tights and Movie Nights. It’s called Graphic Horror Blogathon and it’s dedicated to films that are stylistic enough to have their own comic series or at least full graphic novel dedicated to the original source material. The movie that I chose for this event was the 2008 Sweedish Gothic fable “Let The Right One In“
My brief review.
Let The Right One In.
Cast: Lina Leander, Kare Hedebrant
Writer: John Ajvide Lindquvist(based on his book)
Director: Tomas Alfredson
Oskar(Kare Hedebrant) is a young boy who is bullied at school and is going through his parents breaking up. He meets a young girl outside on the jungle gym. A girl who smells funny, doesn’t wear anything to keep warm, and oh yeah, lives off of blood to survive. The young girl is named Eli(Lina Leander) and she inspires Oskar to be more like her and stand up for himself. While Oskar tries to instill more humanity inside of Eli. “Let The Right One In” is more interested in telling you about their friendship rather then just have it be about vampires. It’s main concern is having you care about these two kids rather then just showing a bunch of vampire attacks. It’s a beautifully shot, and beautifully acted film. I’ll even give the remake “Let Me In” some props for at least keeping the tone of the original intact and it does feature some great moments that were in the book , but not in the Swedish version. It was clear that the director had a love of the source material and tried to do an adaptation that best suited it .
“Let The Right One In” would make a graphic novel because the images are so striking. Gah that sounds kind of cliche, even as I write that line. But the way snow is shot is so, I don’t know. Both creepy and somewhat beautiful. This would work great in black and white with maybe a little bit of red for blood thrown in. The comic can cover the events from the book or the film , but I would love to see what happens next with these characters .
I would want the first book to start at the end of the movie. We see Oskar on a train, tapping his fingers on something in front of him. But we can’t see what it is. We then flashback to when Oskar was having problems with the bullies and his first introduction with Eli. Later on he teaches her all about morse code and how they can talk through the walls. After Eli kills the bullies. We see Oskar back on the train from before tapping on what looks like a large box. It’s obvious that Eli is in the box and is responding back to him. Each book after that would just chronicle their journeys and how their relationship with eachother would either evolve or devolve. It could also delve more into Eli’s past and where she was before she met up with Oskar.