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Vampire in the Stockholm suburbs: Let the Right One In and genre hybridity

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The article argues that one crucial factor in the success of the Swedish vampire film Låt den rätte komma in/Let the Right One In (Alfredson, 2008) is that it seamlessly merges several apparently disparate genres to create a hybrid form that appeals to widely divergent audiences. A detailed analysis of the film demonstrates how it simultaneously draws on and departs from common themes and motifs of indigenous Swedish film as well as vampire film tradition, combining elements of the horror film, the coming-of-age story and the realistic socio-psychological drama to create a unique mix of the innovative and the familiar. A comparison of critical responses in Sweden with those in the English-speaking world sheds further light on genre-specific expectations and ways the film transcends them.

Keywords: Sweden; gender identity; genre; hybridity; the Other; vampire films

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: University of Illinois

Publication date: 2010-10-15

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