Director: Tomas Alfredson
Writer: John Ajvide Lindqvist
Based on the Novel by: John Ajvide Lindqvist
Producers: Carl Molinder/John Nordling
Starring: Kåre Hedebrant/Lina Leandersson/Per Ragnar
Year: 2009
Country: Sweden
BBFC Certification: 15
Duration: 114 minutes

Oskar is a 12-year-old outcast who is frequently picked on by his classmates. He dreams of getting his revenge, but he never stands up to the boys. With the arrival of his new next-door neighbour, 12-year-old Eli, Oskar may finally have found a friend, ally, and first love. But Eli is no ordinary girl: she must keep her pale skin out of the sunlight, she can perform inhuman physical feats, and she has thirst for blood. The bodies begin to pile up, but Oskar can’t stay away from the girl who has finally given him courage.

Let The Right One In has had so many positive reviews and hardly any negative reviews which got me wondering if it really deserved all the positive reviews it’s been getting so I decided to watch it and judge for myself. I have to say that it deserves every little bit of praise it gets because it is simply a phenomenal movie. The story is beautifully written and really draws you into the movie. Even though it’s a horror movie, the story is a violent yet beautiful and emotional one and there aren’t many movies that has a story like that and there’s not a lot that do it so well. The characters were fantastic as you really cared for Oskar and Eli and what happened to them. The acting was brilliant, I think that Kåre Hedebrant and Lina Leandersson were both fantastic as their characters and they really brought out the emotions from their characters. The writing was simply fantastic as the script and the storytelling was great and the timing was near perfect for each scene. The direction is great and really captures the human emotions and relationships and how much we need them.

This movie really spoke to me more than I thought it would. It really gave out a nice feeling that nobody is really alone in the world and that there is somebody out there for everyone. This is possibly the best vampire movie I have ever seen. The relationship between Oskar and Eli was beautiful and very intriguing to watch and I thought that Oskar grew emotionally and mentally with Eli, as he became more confident as time went on. Their relationship is the highlight of the movie for me and it really stuck out in my mind about friendship, love and loyalty. I really don’t think I can do this movie justice with this review but all I can say is it’s just simply beautiful and breathtaking and I urge every movie lover to watch this. Everything about the movie was near to perfection and this has on my list of all-time favourite movies and I could easily watch it again straight after.

Absolutely beautiful and fantastically written masterpiece, I suggest everybody should watch Let The Right One In as it really is a gem. Also, if you watch it, watch it with English subtitles as watching it in dubbed English spoils the movie a little.

Reviewed by Dazz Camponi

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6 Responses

  1. David Brook

    I saw this for the first time at the weekend. I don’t know why it took me so long to finally watch it, but it was worth the wait. What a beautiful yet at times brutal film.

  2. Laura Kav

    I cannot believe you only just saw this film, its so beautiful, I love it. I also cannot believe there is another “American” version coming out already… WHY? Because people can’t read and need an English language version, maybe?

  3. David Brook

    Yeah it’s crazy. The same with The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. They’re both very accessible foreign films yet there’s American versions coming out only a couple of years later. They are both based on books, so you could argue the American versions will treat the source material differently, but my guess is they’ll just gloss it over and ruin it. Saying that, Dragon Tattoo is pretty glossy anyway other than one of Lizsbeth’s scenes and I love David Fincher so I think the American version of that might actually be pretty good.

  4. Laura Kav

    Yeah, on Wikipedia they have a quote from the producer talking about the difference between Let Me In and Let The Right One In and he basically just compares it to the original film. (Although this is only a very short Wikipedia entry) Apparently it is very accessible to a wider audience and the scares will be bigger due to budgetary reasons. I really think the original is accessible, its not as though its really obscure or some arty abstract kind of film. In my opinion, although its a horror film its a love story, a bleak, bleak love story but a love story none the less. For me, the only way bigger scares would be more poignant is if the bleakness is increased in some way, otherwise I just don’t think its necessary. I’ll still go and see it… perhaps I’ll be surprised.

  5. David Brook

    Hmmm, doesn’t sound promising then. ‘Bigger scares’? It’s not really that sort of film. It’s very dark and quite disturbing at times, but it’s not a ‘jump in your seat’ cheesy horror movie.

  6. David Brook

    I’ve just seen a couple of early reviews on the American version that are actually very positive. We’ll just have to wait and see for ourselves.


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