Genuinely stimulating writing on film is relatively rare these days, but the always insightful Anne Billson has been delivering such fare within the pages of the Guardian for some considerable time. Her sharp intellect is customarily combined with a taste for less respectable genres (such as the more gruesome horror film), and her judgments are delivered in lively fashion. This is a concise but penetrating volume on one of the most influential Swedish films in some considerable time; the intriguing analysis of Tomas Alfredson’s Let The Right One may be delivered within only a hundred or so pages, but Billson still produces a remarkable number of aperçus on this highly influential adaptation of John Ajvide Lindqvist’s remarkable novel. She points out the innovations of the film and the fashion in which it draws upon nearly a hundred years of vampire cinema.
The book is part of a series from Auteur Publishing called Devil’s Advocates, and another welcome volume in the series is Ian Cooper’s study of the Michael Reeves classic Witchfinder General. On the strength of these two volumes, one can only hope that the Devil’s Advocates series manages to extend its reach throughout the entire genre of horror cinema — there are many films which deserve this kind of incisive treatment.
Let The Right One In by Anne Billson is published by Auteur Publishing