Picky vampire can't eat sweets in 'Let the Right One In'

Mon Apr 14, 2014 2:28pm EDT
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By Michael Roddy

LONDON (Reuters) - A vampire who is a picky eater might seem to be a contradiction but is the star of the show in "Let the Right One In", the latest transfer of a cinema hit to the stage.

Although the main characters are teenagers - albeit one of whom is several centuries old - this National Theatre of Scotland production that has just opened in London's West End is not for children, nor for squeamish adults.

There is not all that much blood on stage but there is enough, and it starts flowing in the first five minutes.

Eli, the androgynous "Right One" of the title played by Rebecca Benson, needs it. Hakan, travelling with her under the assumed identity of being her father, has the job of finding it.

His modus operandi is to sneak up on someone in the snowy woods somewhere in the Nordics, probably in Sweden, where author John Ajvide Lindquist wrote the original novel and where the first film version was made.

Hakan proceeds to gas and string the unconscious victim upside down from a tree, slit the throat, drain the blood and leave the corpse hanging like a carcass in a meat locker.

Such activities do not go unnoticed in a small rural community and before long the police are on the case - warning people not to wander alone in the forest.

"We will catch this killer but it is you who must keep safe," the police inspector says, eventually to be proven fatally wrong on all counts.   Continued...