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Let the Right One In$
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Anne Billson

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781906733506

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781906733506.001.0001

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The Vampire as Metaphor

The Vampire as Metaphor

(p.69) The Vampire as Metaphor
Let the Right One In

Anne Billson

Liverpool University Press

This chapter explains how horror stories have dabbled in parts of the human condition that more respectable mainstream culture dares not touch. It considers vampire movies and books that provide an indirect way of dealing with the sort of subjects that are still regarded in certain quarters as taboo or upsetting to discuss outside the psychiatrist's office, such as sex, death, and intimacy. It also points out how the subtext of the vampire has changed over the years according to the social and sexual mores, political situations, religious beliefs, and fashions of the day. The chapter talks about how crucifixes, holy water and wafers lost potency of their symbolism, though crucifixes are still displayed for superstitious reasons or as fashion accessories. It discusses Eli in Tomas Alfredson's Let the Right One In, whose name is loaded with religious significance as the name of an Old Testament prophet.

Keywords:   Let the Right One In, Tomas Alfredson, vampire movies, crucifixes, holy water

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