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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’s Assistant

The Vampire’s Assistant

(p.97) The Vampire’s Assistant
Let the Right One In

Anne Billson

Liverpool University Press

This chapter explains why vampirism is often seen as a metaphor for capitalist exploitation as vampires are often portrayed to prey on the weak. It analyses movie monsters, especially vampires, that have always offered a multiplicity of metaphors that are sometimes overlapping or purely subjective. It also explores the metaphors in Tomas Alfredson's Let the Right One In, which are less obvious than usual films and leaves deeper meanings open to individual interpretation. The chapter focuses on the need of a vampire for human assistance as it is a creature unable to tolerate sunlight, but nevertheless wants to live among humans inevitably. It emphasizes the many tasks of a vampire's human assistance, such as Oskar's character in Let the Right One In who guards Eli against her enemies during daylight hours.

Keywords:   Let the Right One In, vampirism, capitalist exploitation, Tomas Alfredson, human assistance, movie monsters

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