Låt den rätte komma in
DO yourself a favor – go see this movie if you can!
One of the best vampire movies I’ve seen in a loooong time! This joint was the fan favorite at Austin’s own FANTASTIC FEST 2008 and is already a cult-classic. It’s playing in limited theaters but is well worth the big screen viewing.
LET THE RIGHT ONE IN is a Swedish movie about 12-yr old Oskar, a boy who is tormented by school bullies – and Eli – a mysterious girl who recently moves next door to him. Without giving anything away – Oscar befriends Eli. Eli helps Oscar stand up to bullies. They fall in love with each other.
And Eli turns out to be a vampire.
The results are horrific, touching, and sometimes comedic.
The mark of a great film is its watch-ability – and I definitely wanted to re-watch this one as soon as it ended!
It is simply perfect in its mood, its pacing, the atmosphere and texture…. so much so that the Swedish subtitles become second nature. While the story unfolds, the crispness of the snowy landscapes, the darkness of night, the sounds of the schoolyard, the menace of the bullies – all of these elements hold your attention and make for great viewing. And oh yeah….people start dying off left and right.
LTROI – in my opinion – is just shy of a masterpiece. It tells a simple story of two lonely souls coming of age and just happens to be a vampire movie. This is not a typical Hollywood movie. It has no blaring soundtrack, no commercialized hype, no tie-ins to a million-selling novel, no quick-style editing, and its not loaded with pretty teen-aged faces.
Just 2 excellent child actors, a chilling secret, and enough blood and gore to satisfy hardcore horror fans…
– AND a killer ending!
Definitely in my Top Ten of Vampire movies. :o)
4 1/2 stars out of 5