Saw this film not too long ago - must say> it was actually quite FREAKY. It recollected some very similar feelings i had when Exorcist was introduced to me.
one vampire movie that makes you think twice about actually wanting to become one. It's by far - very graphic (in the most non-graphic form). The sounds & subtle images, was just fuct up [i.e., fierce!].
Sad to say> I enjoyed this film - but not as a "whole". Mainly due to the fact (already mentioned previously), "filling-in-the-missing-blanks" would've completed the story on an 'ENTIRE' level (which could've easily been executed with only a few more subtle explanations) thus, can still leave it to one's own interpretation - without the audience having to scratch their heads & say, "I MUST GO READ THE BOOK TO FIND OUT". The ending is fine/even perfect almost... as we all know, the best "love stories" are the ones without any endings.
My feelings of Eli is cold (almost typical to many people I know/dated).... seriously.... & poor daddy O' from the beginning - was just another Oskar 50+some years ago. And that's what makes this film - Unique.
As for Hollywood remaking this flick? Are we really that surprised? Not only do they remake foreign films, they remake their OWN features within less than 5-10 years increments. Hell, studios even have their own versions within the same year at times! I've given up questioning the masses... & learnt to "accept the things for which I can not change & courage to change the things I can"...
OVERALL> GENUINELY GOOD FILM! =)