You can’t kill vam­pires

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC -

The re­silience of the vam­pire is leg­endary but the con­tin­u­ing rude health of the genre would baf­fle even Pro­fes­sor Van Hels­ing. Once Twi­light ( clev­erer than peo­ple say) and True Blood ( so many gen­res in one place) were up and run­ning, it looked as if the myth might have ex­hausted all new ma­nip­u­la­tion. Not so. In 2008, Let the Right One In, Thomas Al­fred­son’s hor­ri­bly bril­liant not- com­ing- of- age chilller, won fans across the world and spawned a stage play. Two years ago, Jim Jar­musch plumbed rock mythol­ogy and the decline of Detroit in Only Lovers Left Alive. Now, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night treats the idea of racial oth­er­ness and fem­i­nist is­sues. The no­tion of the ex­cluded death­less be­ing is, if any­thing, more firmly placed in cul­ture than it has ever been. Maybe, some­body clever might like to make a meta- metavam­pire film about the rise of the meta- vam­pire. It’s just a thought.

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