Edit: Sorry, this is not much of a review..at all. Just how I came across the film. I also purchased and read the book before viewing the film. I'll add a review eventually.
Sadly I never heard of this film until I was on a flight home from Miami, reading an in flight magazine listing "top cinematic vampires". All were vampires I was very much familiar with, as I owned all the films listed, except one; a child vampire named Eli. This intrigued me as it did in Interview with. I had to see this movie.
Thank you in flight magazine. Who knows when, if ever I would have discovered at this moment, my favorite Vampire film, heck, this is one of my favorite modern films period.