Let The Right One In
Director: Tomas Alfredson
Writer: John Ajvide Lindqvist
Release date: January 26th 2008
Staring: Kare Hedebrant, Lina
Leandersson, Per Ragnar, Henrik
Dahl, Ika Nord, Karin Bergguist
Running Time: 115 minutes
Back of the box:
Twelve-year-old Oskar (Kåre Hedebrant), the constant target of bullies,
spends his time plotting revenge and collecting news items about the grisly
murders plaguing his town. Things change for Oskar when he meets new
girl Eli (Lina Leandersson), a misfit vampire who steals his heart. As a
serial killer continues to prey on teen boys in the small village outside
Stockholm, Sweden, Eli helps Oskar find the courage to stand up to his
The Bloody Truth:
Let The Right One In is an eloquently executed foreign horror film; its’
muted and slow burning story is as effective as any film. Innocence is
often called a beautiful thing and John Ajvide Lindqvist (writer) and Tomas
Alfredson (director) capture just that. The simple beauty of innocence -
surrounded by the dark and sober reality of death.
The Bloody truth is that Let The Right One In is a slow paced and heavily
character driven horror film that forgoes many of the common trappings of
horror for a much more subtle approach. Film making this good can be
enjoyed by many, but if you prefer your horror on a clear path to a
transparent ending or full on instant gratification, Let The Right One In
might run a bit slow for you.
And the rest..... 1 to 5
Acting - 4 Cinematography - 4
Sound - 3 Music - 4
Story - 4 Reality - 4
|Dark Road Ratings
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Not your average suckfest!
t’s been said that the course of true love never did run smooth. Better I think that it learns to run quickly, especially when your new
girlfriend is a vampire who can’t seem to keep her fangs to herself. … Unfortunately, excellent as that tagline is, Let The Right One In is
not a film that one can review with a series of pithy comments and witty one liners.
It is a slow paced, thought provoking little movie which follows some very basic themes of love and acceptance. At heart it is a simple
story of first love, pure and innocent. Love like that has the power to tinge even the ugliest of scenarios with an element of joy and
fascination; this is executed beautifully in the budding romance between Oskar and Eli.
The concept is hardly a new one. Young misfits, cast out and shunned by their peers (or in the case of Eli the vampire, lacking peers
entirely) find common ground and take solace in each other. What does set Let The Right One In apart are the unique parallels drawn
between Oskar’s every day school bully problem’s and Eli’s resistance to give in to her dark nature. Both hide from their demons, literal
and figurative and lean heavily on each other for support in the process.
The film itself is very slow, sometimes agonizingly so, but the over all effect is worth the patience some viewers may have to exercise
while watching it. The two young leads both do an excellent job. Kåre Hedebrant (Oskar) moves very gracefully from awkward, shy and
defensive to slightly less awkward, confident and able, with a subtlety that is very impressive for an actor his age. Lina Leandersson
shines as Eli, somehow managing to emanate a knowing sense that betrays she is far older than she seems, while still holding on to the
playful waning innocence generally associated with girls her age. There is a very slight sensuality about her that is both disturbing and
intriguing. Child vampires are not an easy role to play (as abysmally demonstrated by Kirsten Dunst’s Claudia in Interview With The
Vampire) and Leandersson does so almost effortlessly.
It is possibly a stretch to class Let The Right One In as a horror movie at all, at least not in the typical fashion. The body count is
minimal, the jump scares are few and far between and the gore score is relatively low. In fact it scored low in all top five categories of
our ratings system, but it is nonetheless a captivating little film that sucks you in (no pun intended) from the outset. If you’re looking for
something a bit more intelligent that your average suck fest, it may be just the Vampire flick you’ve been waiting for.