The Double Feature of The Week Presents:

Thirst / Let the Right One In

The second week is upon us and with that we get another great double feature to watch.  I know it’s going to be hard to top last weeks double feature but I feel really good about this one and I’m excited to share them with you.  Because I did a couple of older films last week I decided to go with something more recent.  The vampire genre has been more than worn out over last few years with movies like Twilight and unfortunately people forgot what a true vampire film is supposed to be like.  True vampire films are supposed to be extremely dark and scary while still having a sense of beauty.

There isn’t a whole lot of room to be doing their hair and sparkling in the sunlight.

These two films are everything that vampires are meant to be and are sure to prove that the vampire genre still has some blood pumping in it.

Thirst
Directed by Chan-wook Park
Released: 2009

Thirst is about a priest working for a hospital who volunteers for a secret vaccine project intended to destroy a deadly virus. However, the virus eventually takes over his body. He nearly dies, but makes an impossible recovery by an accidental transfusion of vampire blood. He soon realizes his sole purpose for living is for the pleasures of human blood. Chan-wook Park’s vampire tale is such a refreshing take on the genre that you will be glad the Korean director didn’t follow the mold of all the new vampire films because his is really something special.  His often funny yet very brutal film holds on to the true vampire legend while putting his own spin on it.  I really loved how Park shows a more realistic portrayal of what a “real life” vampire would be like. Thirst is more of a dark drama than it is a horror film but it packs enough punch to scare it’s audience with its down right brutal nature.  The major driving force and life of the movie is watching the downward spiral the two main characters go through as they slowly descend into a life of murder and darkness with an unforgettable finish.  This is one you don’t want to miss because it really puts the vampire genre back on it’s feet.

Rotten Tomato Score: 82%

 
 
Let the Right One In
Directed by Tomas Alfredson
Released: 2008

If you haven’t already seen this movie then where the hell have you been?  Whether you like the vampire genre or not you need to see this movie for the sake of watching one of the best films to come out in the last few years.  Let the Right One In is about a 12-year-old boy who becomes friends with a mysterious young girl whose appearance in town suspiciously happens around the same time as a series of brutal murders. The boy soon realizes that she is the vampire responsible for the recent rash of deaths around town. Despite the danger, however, his friendship with the girl ultimately means more to him than his fear of her and they fall in love. Although the main characters are played by two young kids the acting is phenomenal. This is the type of film that builds slowly with excellent storytelling. It’s very rare to see a horror film invest so much time on the love these two characters have for one another. And because of this you really feel for the characters and you can truly see why they are willing to do anything for each other. It is a beautiful yet terrifying film that is perfectly crafted and you would be doing yourself a favor to see it.

Rotten Tomato Score: 98%

Why they are better together:

Obviously the major theme here is vampires but they aren’t the vampires audiences these days are used to seeing. Instead, these are vampires with true darkness in their eyes that kill for survival and pleasure. These are two films that are not only wonderfully made but they both successfully brought life back to an exhausted genre. Both directors give the audience vampires that have been forgotten about over the years while still putting their own spin on them to make them feel new, which is truly something special. They are both tales of love and what the characters are willing to do in order to preserve that love while still being raw and frightening.

As always, thanks for reading and if you missed last weeks double feature you can check it out here:

Evil Dead II / Dead Alive

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4 thoughts on “The Double Feature of The Week Presents:

  1. Nice job. A solid 2 for 2 (or 4 for 4) on your Double Feature of the Week posts. I just caught Thirst recently on Netflix streaming and really dug it. As for Let the Right One In — hands down my favorite film of 2008, and I agree, one of the best of the last few years.
    Hoping for the best with John Dies at the End, then maybe we’ll see a Double Feature suggestion for it and Big Trouble in Little China. Rock n’ roll.

    1. Thanks again! Another example of the foreigners doing it right. Not sure why the States can’t produce nearly as many great films like these. Great suggestion on those two movies for sure, cant wait to see JDATE!

      1. It’s because all the creative minds and actors behind Hollywood are too busy at Bohemian Grove. Doing whatever pagan things to their dark gods. Meanwhile, the studios are actually being run by their slightly retarded second cousins.

      2. hahah, that is hilarious but soooo true! I guess we should be happy at least someone is doing it right, even if its in subtitles!

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