The Blood-Soaked Kiss of a Good Swedish Lady Vamp

The XX Factor
What Women Really Think
July 28 2009 5:52 PM

The Blood-Soaked Kiss of a Good Swedish Lady Vamp

/blogs/xx_factor/2009/07/28/let_the_right_one_in_isnt_shy_about_giving_us_vampires_who_actually_suck_blood/jcr:content/body/slate_image

Nina, I’m glad you brought up Grady Hendrix’s complaint that vampires aren’t doing enough blood sucking these days, because I have a bone to pick, too. Hendrix overlooks what I think is the best addition to the vampire cannon since Buffy (and this coming from a girl who can’t get enough of True Blood ): last year’s Swedish Let The Right One In . That film’s mousy, smelly, yet powerfully alluring lady vamp has a blood-smeared face in nearly every scene. It’s a beautiful thing, watching her ravage the neck of a grown man, then skulk around her apartment without deigning to wipe her mouth. And I love when, in a move suitably grandma-esque for a 200-year-old, she lays a smacker on Oskar with those blood-soaked lips. He, more smitten, I dare say, than I ever was with my over-lipsticked Grammy, doesn’t even need to wipe off the stain.

Advertisement

Photograph of Lina Leandersson as Eli in Let the Right One In courtesy of EFTI.

  Slate Plus
Working
Dec. 18 2014 4:49 PM Slate’s Working Podcast: Episode 17 Transcript Read what David Plotz asked a middle school principal about his workday.