The vampire wave in Swedish cinema is well timed with a recent surge in horror literature. Never before has so much horror literature been written or translated, with authors such as HP Lovecraft in prominence.
The reason? Some of the older books are just now leaving the protection of copyrights (for instance HP Lovecraft died in 1937, after 70 years his works become free).
But the particular Swedish feeling of a dark suburbia of the 80s and a dingy Stockholm of the early 2000 shown in the two films also tell us a lot about present traumas, of isolation in urban life and of the decline of the welfare state.
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