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Let the Right One In (2008)

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  • Genre: Drama | Fantasy | Romance
  • Release Date: 24 October 2008 (Norway)
  • Runtime: 115 min
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  • IMDb page: Let the Right One In (2008)
  • Rate: 8.0/10 total 97,839 votes 
  • Genre: Drama | Fantasy | Romance
  • Release Date: 24 October 2008 (Norway)
  • Runtime: 115 min
  • Filming Location: Blackeberg, Stockholm, Stockholms län, Sweden
  • Budget: $4,000,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $7,282,007(Worldwide)(5 April 2009)
  • Director: Tomas Alfredson
  • Stars: Kåre Hedebrant, Lina Leandersson and Per Ragnar
  • Original Music By: Johan Söderqvist   
  • Soundtrack: Dags å välja sida
  • Sound Mix: DTS | Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Girl | Blood | Suburb | Boy | Revenge

Writing Credits By:

  • John Ajvide Lindqvist (screenplay)
  • John Ajvide Lindqvist (novel)

Known Trivia

  • The title of the film (as well as the novel upon which it was based) refers to the fact that, according to myth, vampires must be invited in before they can enter someone’s home (this is shown in the film when Eli asks Oskar to invite her into his apartment). The English-translated title of the book and film, “Let The Right One In”, is taken from lyrics to the song “Let the Right One Slip In” by Morrissey.
  • Though the film takes place in Blackeberg, a suburb of Stockholm, the film principal photography was shot in LuleĆ„ in the north of Sweden, to ensure enough snow and cold weather.
  • Several tricks were used to create the right sound effects for some of the gorier scenes. Biting into sausages was used to replicate biting into skin and flesh, and drinking yogurt was used to sound like drinking blood. The sound of the children blinking was made by the skin of a grape rubbing against each other in an almost ‘blinking’ motion.
  • Voted movie of the year by Empire magazine (the first time a foreign language film topped their list since City of God in 2003).
  • Almost every scene in the movie contains the color red or red/orange, a clear reference to the color of blood, the only food Eli can consume.
  • Both John Ajvide Lindqvist and Tomas Alfredson admitted that they do not like or care for vampires.

Goofs: Continuity: Throughout the movie there is snow everywhere, but it vanishes later in the movie to re-appear again. In the scene following Oskar and Eli in the basement, Eli runs across a bridge and eventually climbs up a tree. As she crosses the bridge, snow can be seen in the background, but as she climbs up in the tree there is no snow anywhere nor any traces of it. In the scene that takes place the next morning, the snow is back and heavily covering everything.

Plot: Oscar, an overlooked and bullied boy, finds love and revenge through Eli, a beautiful but peculiar girl who turns out to be a vampire. Full summary »  »

Story: Oskar, a bullied 12-year old, dreams of revenge. He falls in love with Eli, a peculiar girl. She can't stand the sun or food and to come into a room she needs to be invited. Eli gives Oskar the strength to hit back but when he realizes that Eli needs to drink other people's blood to live he's faced with a choice. How much can love forgive? Set in the Stockholm suburb of Blackeberg in 1982.Written by John Nordling, Producer  

FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Frida Asp known as line producer
  • Gunnar Carlsson known as co-producer
  • Ricard Constantinou known as co-producer
  • Suzanne Hamilton known as post-production producer
  • Henric Larsson known as post-production producer
  • Carl Molinder known as producer
  • John Nordling known as producer
  • Lena Rehnberg known as co-producer
  • Per-Erik Svensson known as co-producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Kåre Hedebrant known as Oskar
  • Lina Leandersson known as Eli
  • Per Ragnar known as Håkan
  • Henrik Dahl known as Erik
  • Karin Bergquist known as Yvonne
  • Peter Carlberg known as Lacke
  • Ika Nord known as Virginia
  • Mikael Rahm known as Jocke
  • Karl-Robert Lindgren known as Gösta
  • Anders T. Peedu known as Morgan
  • Pale Olofsson known as Larry
  • Cayetano Ruiz known as Magister Avila
  • Patrik Rydmark known as Conny
  • Johan Sömnes known as Andreas
  • Mikael Erhardsson known as Martin
  • Rasmus Luthander known as Jimmy
  • Sören Källstigen known as Janne – Eriks kompis
  • Malin Cederblad known as Sjukhusreceptionist (as Malin Cederbladh)
  • Berndt Östman known as Virginias sjuksköterska (as Bernt Östman)
  • Kajsa Linderholm known as Lärarinnan
  • Adam Stone known as Polis i klassen
  • Ingemar Raukola known as Vaktmästaren
  • Kent Rishaug known as Kioskägaren
  • Linus Hanner known as Pojke som dödas
  • Tom Ljungman known as Ung man 1
  • Fredrik Ramel known as Ung man 2
  • Christoffer Bohlin known as Matte – upphängd pojke
  • Julia Nilsson known as Tonårstjej 1
  • Elin Almén known as Tonårstjej 2
  • Bengt Bylund known as Nyhetsuppläsare radio (voice)
  • Bengt Lindström known as Väderleksrapport radio (voice)
  • Susanne Ruben known as Eli åldrad
  • Elif Ceylan known as Elis röst (voice)
  • Libby Brien known as Virginia / Teacher (uncredited)
  • Robin De Lano known as Eli (uncredited)
  • Philip Hersh known as Additional Voices (uncredited)
  • Jonas Kruse known as Polis på sjukhus (uncredited)
  • Lena Nilsson known as Håkans sjuksköterska (uncredited)

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Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • Maria Strid known as makeup designer

Art Department:

  • Henrik Andersson known as props
  • Mårten Backman known as carpenter
  • Magnus Berglind known as carpenter
  • Lena P. Cederlund known as props (as Lena Pettersson Cederlund)
  • Emil Eriksson known as stand-by props
  • Cecilia Iversen known as painter (as Sissi Iversen)
  • Magnus Jonason known as storyboard artist
  • Jenny Klingwall known as painter
  • Anna Lindqvist known as graphic designer
  • Emma Madsen known as props (as Emma Dahl Madsen)
  • Jens Munter known as construction coordinator
  • Josef Norén known as concept designer
  • Anna Paulson known as assistant art director
  • Eva Lo Rahmberg known as painter (as Eva Lo Ramberg)
  • Britta Rehn known as stand-by props
  • Lars Smedinge known as set dresser
  • Yvonne Swahn known as set dresser
  • Dan Wedergren known as carpenter (as Dan Wedegren)

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Company

Production Companies:

  • EFTI (presents)
  • Sandrew Metronome Distribution Sverige AB (in co-production with) (as Sandrew Metronome)
  • Filmpool Nord (in co-production with)
  • Sveriges Television (SVT) (in co-production with) (as Sveriges Television SVT)
  • WAG (in co-production with)
  • Canal+ (participation)
  • Chimney Pot, The (co-production)
  • Fido Film AB (co-production)
  • Ljudligan (co-production)

Other Companies:

  • Arsenal  consultant
  • Brännabergs Backstugan  catering
  • Chimneypot, The  sound mixing
  • Dagsljus Filmequipment  camera equipment provided by
  • Europa Film Sound Production  sound post-production
  • Film Finances  completion guarantor
  • Ljudligan  sound mixing
  • Ljudligan  sound post-production
  • Maryloys Catering  catering
  • Media Insurance Brokers  insurance
  • MovieScore Media  soundtrack
  • Nordisk Film Post Production  post-production facilities
  • Nordisk Film- & TV-Fond  funding
  • Sony/ATV Music Publishing  music publishing
  • Svenska Filminstitutet (SFI)  funding
  • Swedish Lapland Film Commission  special thanks
  • Symfonický Orchestr Slovenského Rozhlasu Bratislava  orchestra

Distributors:

  • Sandrew Metronome Distribution (2008) (non-USA) (all media)
  • Sandrew Metronome Distribution (2008) (Finland) (theatrical)
  • Sandrew Metronome Distribution Sverige AB (2008) (Sweden) (theatrical)
  • Bolero Film (2008) (Italy) (theatrical)
  • Cathay-Keris Films (2009) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • Chrysalis Films (2009) (France) (theatrical)
  • Cinema Delicatessen (2009) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Energía Entusiasta (2009) (Argentina) (theatrical)
  • Lighthouse Pictures (2009) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • MFA Filmdistribution (2008) (Germany) (theatrical)
  • Magnet Releasing (2008) (USA) (theatrical) (subtitled)
  • Mongrel Media (2008) (Canada) (theatrical)
  • Rialto Entertainment (2008) (Australia) (theatrical)
  • Showgate (2010) (Japan) (theatrical)
  • Argentina Video Home (2010) (Argentina) (DVD)
  • Ascot Elite Home Entertainment (2009) (Germany) (DVD)
  • Ascot Elite Home Entertainment (2009) (Germany) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Axis Music (2009) (Singapore) (DVD)
  • Bir Film (2009) (Turkey) (all media)
  • Canana Films (2009) (Mexico) (all media)
  • Cine Colombia (2009) (Colombia) (all media)
  • Comart Films (2009) (South Africa) (all media)
  • EDKO Film (2009) (Hong Kong) (all media)
  • Feelgood Entertainment (2009) (Greece) (DVD)
  • Film1 (2010) (Netherlands) (TV) (limited)
  • Living Colour Entertainment (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD) (Blu-ray) (Mr. Horror Presents #18)
  • Living Colour Entertainment (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD) (Mr. Horror Presents #18)
  • Madman Entertainment (2009) (Australia) (DVD)
  • Magnolia Home Entertainment (2009) (USA) (DVD)
  • Magnolia Home Entertainment (2009) (USA) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Mongrel Media (2009) (Canada) (DVD)
  • Mongrel Media (2010) (Canada) (DVD) (limited edition digipak)
  • Sandrew Metronome Distribution (2009) (Finland) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Sandrews (2009) (Sweden) (DVD)
  • Sandrews (2009) (Sweden) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Seven Films (2009) (Greece) (all media)
  • Vendetta Films (2008) (New Zealand) (DVD)

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Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • Chimneypot, The (digital visual effects)
  • Fido Film AB (digital visual effects)
  • Fido Film AB (visual and make-up effects by)
  • Panorama film & teatereffekter

Visual Effects by:

  • Peter Aversten known as animator
  • Peter Aversten known as digital effects artist: Fido Film
  • Andreas Cronström known as compositor: Fido Film
  • Thomas Deutschmann known as visual effects producer
  • Claes Dietmann known as visual effects producer
  • Magnus Eriksson known as animator
  • Magnus Eriksson known as lighting technical director: Fido film
  • Mattias Forsström known as animator
  • Mattias Forsström known as lighting technical director: Fido film
  • Johan Gabrielsson known as animator
  • Johan Gabrielsson known as lighting technical director: Fido film
  • Hemn Habib known as digital effects artist
  • Linus Hoglin known as digital effects artist (as Linus Höglin)
  • Mats Holmgren known as digital colourist
  • Fredrik Höglin known as digital effects artist
  • Jonas Jangvad known as optical printing: ARRI
  • Andreas Bravin Karlsson known as compositor
  • Staffan Linder known as animation supervisor: Fido film
  • Staffan Linder known as animator
  • Martin Malm known as compositor: Fido Film
  • Fredrik Nord known as digital effects artist
  • Daniel Norlund known as compositor: Fido Film
  • Kenneth Nyman known as animator
  • Kenneth Nyman known as modeler: Fido film
  • Cameron Scott known as animator
  • Kaj Steveman known as visual effects supervisor
  • David Strindberg known as digital effects artist
  • Janak Thakker known as animator
  • Janak Thakker known as previs artist: Fido film
  • Fredrik Zander known as visual effects producer
  • Martin Borell known as compositor: Fido Film (uncredited)

Release Date:

  • Sweden 26 January 2008 (Göteborg International Film Festival)
  • Netherlands 28 January 2008 (International Film Festival Rotterdam)
  • Denmark 29 March 2008 (NatFilm Festival)
  • Hungary 9 April 2008 (Titanic International Filmpresence Festival)
  • USA 24 April 2008 (Tribeca Film Festival)
  • Portugal 28 April 2008 (Indielisboa)
  • USA 29 May 2008 (Seattle International Film Festival)
  • Romania 30 May 2008 (Transilvania International Film Festival)
  • Czech Republic 4 July 2008 (Karlovy Vary International Film Festival)
  • USA 17 July 2008 (Maine International Film Festival)
  • South Korea 20 July 2008 (PiFan Puchon Film Festival)
  • Australia 1 August 2008 (Melbourne International Film Festival)
  • Finland 22 August 2008 (Espoo Film Festival)
  • UK 24 August 2008 (Frightfest)
  • USA 20 September 2008 (Austin Fantastic Fest)
  • Canada 1 October 2008 (Edmonton International Film Festival)
  • Spain 2 October 2008 (Sitges International Film Festival of Cataluna)
  • Brazil 17 October 2008 (São Paulo International Film Festival)
  • Canada 17 October 2008 (Toronto After Dark Film Festival)
  • USA 17 October 2008 (Chicago International Film Festival)
  • Norway 24 October 2008
  • Sweden 24 October 2008
  • USA 24 October 2008 (limited)
  • Finland 31 October 2008 (Iik!! Horror Film Festival)
  • Poland 31 October 2008
  • South Korea 13 November 2008
  • Greece 15 November 2008 (Thessaloniki International Film Festival)
  • Estonia 28 November 2008 (Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival)
  • Finland 28 November 2008
  • Italy 28 November 2008 (Turin Film Festival)
  • Germany 23 December 2008
  • Denmark 25 December 2008
  • Australia 26 December 2008
  • New Zealand 8 January 2009
  • Italy 9 January 2009
  • Russia 29 January 2009
  • France 31 January 2009 (Gérardmer Film Festival)
  • France 4 February 2009
  • UK 17 February 2009 (Glasgow Film Festival)
  • Mexico 18 February 2009 (Festival Internacional de Cine Contemporáneo de la Ciudad de México)
  • Singapore 19 February 2009
  • Serbia 21 February 2009 (Belgrade International Film Festival)
  • Lithuania 27 February 2009
  • Mexico 27 February 2009
  • Sweden 4 March 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • USA 10 March 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Greece 19 March 2009
  • Estonia 20 March 2009
  • Switzerland 2 April 2009 (German speaking region)
  • Turkey 4 April 2009 (Istanbul Film Festival)
  • Ireland 10 April 2009
  • UK 10 April 2009
  • Netherlands 16 April 2009 (Imagine Film Festival)
  • Iceland 17 April 2009
  • Spain 17 April 2009
  • Belgium 20 April 2009 (Brussels International Festival of Fantasy Films)
  • Netherlands 23 April 2009
  • Denmark 28 April 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Austria 1 May 2009
  • Portugal 29 May 2009
  • Czech Republic June 2009 (Zlín Film Festival)
  • Hungary 2 July 2009
  • Belgium 15 July 2009
  • Croatia 27 July 2009 (Motovun Film Festival)
  • Switzerland 29 July 2009 (French speaking region)
  • Brazil 2 October 2009
  • Taiwan 9 October 2009
  • Argentina 13 October 2009 (Buenos Aires) (premiere)
  • Philippines 16 October 2009 (Cinemanila International Film Festival)
  • Argentina 3 December 2009
  • Turkey 8 January 2010
  • Peru 1 April 2010
  • Colombia 23 April 2010
  • Hong Kong 6 May 2010
  • Uruguay 25 June 2010
  • Japan 10 July 2010

MPAA: Rated R for some bloody violence including disturbing images, brief nudity and language

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Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database


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  1. tawdry_hepburn from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 5:47 pm

    Let the Right one In is like no other vampire movie that I have everseen. It is smarter, scarier and more nuanced. It doesn't feel like athriller, it feels like literature.

    The film, which details the bizarre misadventures of a pair of pre-teenstar crossed lovers, one of whom is an androgynous vampire, isphenomenal in almost every regard. The details of young Oskar's (KareHedebrant) life are spot on. Stuck in that incredibly painful period ofpost-childhood, pre-adolescence, Oskar is aware of girls, but has noidea how to contend with them. He is small for his age and isbrutalized by other boys as a result. He's terribly alone and collectsnews clips of violent crimes as a way of letting out his rage. One daya strange young girl named Eli (Lina Leandersson) appears on theplayground. They become fast friends and things begin to look up forOskar. Eli even (innocently) spends the night on occasion.

    Meanwhile, we are privy to some things that Oskar doesn't know. As ithappens, Eli's caretaker is a serial killer of the most brutal order,desanguinating his victims into a bucket. Soon, Oskar comes to realizethat his new friend is a bit more than she seemed at first.

    After a tragedy of shocking violence Eli is left to fend for herself,trying desperately to stave off the urge to drink fresh blood whilealso forming a delicate new bond with Oskar.

    There is already a remake of Let the Right one In on the way. But don'twait for it. There is no way it could ever hope to capture the magic ofthe original. It's not just that this film is gorgeously shot. Not justthat it is impeccably written. Not just that it is fully realized withan unmatched respect for vampire lore. It is all in the acting. Even ifthe producers find two amazing young actors, the odds againstrecapturing the brilliant, melancholy chemistry are astronomical.

    Everything about Let the Right one In is thought through. Where a moretraditional horror film might have opted for endless ultra violence orelse cut everything out in favor of a kiddie friendly rating. directorTomas Alfredson steers the line right down the middle. When theviolence comes it is brutal and horrific, but it is never dwelt upon.We are left to question what we just saw rather than see kidneys ondisplay.

    Too, there is a great stillness to the film. The first half of the filmit mimics Oskar's stage. Stuck in between. Never moving, with no hopeof growth. But as things begin to change, it becomes apparent that thestillness is not for Oskar but rather for Eli. Oskar will grow up,change and become a man. Eli is stuck in a much more burdensome fate.

    And then there is the quiet, understated ending. Some will find ithaunting, others will find it whimsical, I went back and forth morethan a few times. No two people will have the same understanding.

    This is the kind of movie people beg for. Don't miss it. This is thefirst time since perhaps Silence of the Lambs that a horror film had areal chance to take home some Oscar gold. And not only that, it willdeserve it.

    A+

  2. larry-411 from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 5:47 pm

    "Let the Right One In" is, at its heart, a sweet coming-of-age storywhich is so unique and different that it simply defies categorization.In this Swedish film, adapted from John Ajvide Lindqvist's bestsellingbook, director Tomas Alfredson dares to mix pleasure and pain in a waythat is both horrifying and tender.

    "Let the Right One In" has a storyline which, although it reveals somesecrets early on, is best left as a surprise. So this will necessarilybe one of those rare reviews in which the less said about the plot thebetter. 12-year-olds Oskar (Kare Hedebrant) and Eli (Lina Leandersson)meet one snowy afternoon at a jungle gym in the courtyard of Oskar'shousing complex outside Stockholm. Their young, tender attraction foreach other is apparent right from the start and we think we know wheretheir relationship is headed. But there is a deep dark secret to bediscovered here and when it's revealed the audience is both repulsedand curiously fascinated at the same time, in a similar fashion as whenyellow crime scene tape brings us closer rather than warning us away.

    The supporting cast is completely beholden to the narrative as itrevolves around the adorable young couple, whose performances rival thebest I've ever seen for actors of that age. The innocence andvulnerability of Hedebrant's Oskar is simply a tour-de-force and headmirably carries the film on his little shoulders. Leandersson matcheshim scene by scene, line by line, and the result literally gave mechills.

    Production values are stellar, with all technical aspects — lighting,original music by Johan Soderqvist, and Hoyte Van Hoytema'scinematography — combining in perfect synchronization to produce aHitchockian tale that somehow brings love and light into what couldhave been the darkest drama imaginable.

    "Let the Right One In" was the overwhelming choice for Best NarrativeFeature after its North American Premiere here at the 2008 Tribeca FilmFestival. It is a truly well-deserved honor. Tomas Alfredson hascrafted a brilliant work of art that left me shaking my head withwonder.

  3. Aluisio_Is_All_Right from Winooski, Vermont, USA
    30 Mar 2012, 5:47 pm

    Tomas Alfredson's "Let The Right One In" is an original, dark, twistedand gory horror fantasy, one of those special films that are hard toclassify. Not merely an exercise in style, his film is a brilliantpiece of amoral storytelling, and even if some characters' actions defyany logic or common sense (I don't wanna spoil any moment here, butyou'll know what I mean when the first revenge moment of the storyhappens), they seem to be there just to remind you that this is just afantasy tale (but not for the little ones!). Oskar (Kåre Hedebrant) isa 12 year-old bullied boy that befriends and develops an innocent crushon his new neighbor, Eli (Lina Leandersson), who happens to be avampire. What comes next is a twisted tale of revenge and pubescentlove, made with visual flair (the swimming pool scene is alreadyclassic), creative directing and impressive performances by the youngpair of protagonists.

    Hollywood, of course, didn't waste time and already announced anupcoming remake for those who are too lazy to read subtitles. Mostlikely, the remake will turn out to be PG-13 in order to make moremoney, and be filled with moral values so the prudish parents will lettheir kids watch the movie (don't they know "The Little Vampire" wasmade years ago?). Ignore the future bomb and enjoy the original -you're in for a treat! 10/10.

  4. crmang from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 5:47 pm

    I am not particularly fond of the vampire genre, but this movie is somuch more. It is artistic, poetic, and in many ways a very profoundmovie exploring the nature of good and evil. It does so through theworld of a child where both pure evil and pure goodness are somewhatdiscernible, and it achieves an astounding array of contrasts thatallow us to see that good and evil can coexist side by side. Doing so,this movie is very thought-provoking, leaving the audience yearning toread the novel. In short, this movie is a gem. There is no need toremake this movie which according to IMDb.com they will be. You don'tneed to wait until 2010, you should watch this movie now.

  5. c99432 from Montreal, Canada
    30 Mar 2012, 5:47 pm

    I have watched both Twilight and Let the Right one in.

    I strongly feel that Let the Right outruns Twilight on almost EVERYSINGLE ASPECT, except, of course, advertisement, due to the inequalityof budgets. (a Swedish director vs a Hollywood one, come on…) IfTwilight is no more than an idol gallery under the skin of vampirehorror, Let the Right one in is such a film that completely redefinespeople's perception on traditional vampire horrors.

    There aren't many gory scenes or special visual impacts, unlikeTwilight being fraught with computer generated scenes. Plus, the paceof Let the Right is slow, without many exaggerations. Yet, the audiencecould feel the profound impact of the film within, an impact thattotally transcends cheap sensory stimuli, while exerting a quiet yetPOWERFUL "shake" upon people's soul.

    I felt very upset that an American remake will be done next year. Fromour common sense, we could deduct how the remake would be compared tothe original. Before the remake ruins the story, do yourself a favourwatching the originals!!!

    If you feel yourself mentally more mature than 15 y.o., go watch Letthe Right on in instead of Twilight. You will NOT regret your choice.

  6. wiepske (wiepske@hotmail.com) from Amsterdam, Holland
    30 Mar 2012, 5:47 pm

    I saw this movie yesterday at the official premiere at the RotterdamFilm Festival in Holland. I didn't know anything beforehand, and i wasblown away. The film is a strange mix; it includes romantic elements,horror. Kisses and love, but also blood and death. And it's told in astraightforward manner, as if this all was very normal and like everyfilm is made like this.

    I don't wanna give too much away, but in involves falling in love witha vampire. Highly original.

    Beautiful style and cinematography. Every shot was gorgeous. Shameabout the music, which was too attention grabbing and melodramatic.

    The child actors were very good. Also in the minor parts.

    I never before saw a child covered with blood. And kissing. And yes,it's disturbing sometimes, but no, this is no exploitation. It'sheartfelt and beautiful. I don't know the book on which this is based.Probably, if you're from Sweden, know the book and envisioned it foryourself, it will be different.

  7. ponderous from Seattle, WA
    30 Mar 2012, 5:47 pm

    I saw several movies at the Seattle International Film Festival thisyear, and Let the Right One In was by far my favorite of the bunch.It's primarily a movie about how friendship can help you find your ownpersonal strength. Two lonely children meet and change each other'slives. The fact that one is a vampire makes the movie even moreinteresting and unique, but it's not the most important plot detail.The cold darkness of Sweden makes the perfect backdrop for the story.It was so refreshing to see a vampire movie that doesn't rely uponcheap scares, fangs and gore. The only scene I didn't enjoy involvedcats with computer animated faces – it looked very stupid and out ofplace, but this was a small disappointment in an otherwise outstandingfilm. I highly recommend this movie.

  8. ilovetoseethemovie from Thailand
    30 Mar 2012, 5:47 pm

    I saw it in Bangkok International Film Festival 2008 and love thismovie very much.

    It has something big and stunning about this lovely storyline to rivetmy attention from the beginning to the end. Moreover, thecinematography and atmosphere in this film are undeniably superb. Thechemistry between two preteen protagonists is outstanding and verybelievable. Everything in this film is well-made in synchronization.

    This is the first film related to a vampire that I think is leastconnected to Vampire's teeth baring at audience all the times, likeother familiar horror we used to see. Other than some gory scenes inthis film, we can yet see some flesh and blood moment of humaneVampire. And that is truly written to the core plot.

    The last scene at swimming pool is totally mesmerizing andmind-blowing.

    By the way, if Sweden submits this movie to be in competition withother nominees around the world for Oscar foreign-language filmcategory this year, this masterpiece should win or at least beshort-listed for the final fives.

    10 out of 10

  9. sidsmeets from Netherlands
    30 Mar 2012, 5:47 pm

    This movie is good.

    The story is simple enough. A lonely boy, Oskar, befriends the girlnext door, Eli, and with her help overcomes the school bullies.

    But then there is so much more going on. There is a serial killer, whoseems to pick on very cute adolescent boys and has a strange jealousytowards the Oskar. And there is a vampire who can only survive onblood. And there are some sexual undertones.

    But all of it just helps a great story get told. The horror is welldone and appropriate. The actors are all just right for their parts.The horror is always lurking round the corner and there to let you knowthat the world is a hard place even if the story we see is kind offunny or fantastical.

    There are some mysteries everyone can figure out for themselves and theanswers just add layers to this story that make it even better. Justremember what Eli says about what she is and take it to its logicalconclusion.

    A must see! On a side note, it is great to see the Vampire "rules" allupheld, of course the title itself refers to the rule that a vampirecan only enter a home when he is invited in.

  10. dante_leebo from Liverpool, England
    30 Mar 2012, 5:47 pm

    This film was the main reason for my attending Frightfest in Londonthis year and I was not disappointed. From the opening shot you realisethat you are in for something special. The film is set in (a very cold)Sweden in the early 1980s and the writer of the novel/screenplay hasconfessed that it is semi-autobiographical and based loosely on his ownchildhood. I'm guessing that the inclusion of a vampire in the story iswhat takes this away from being simply autobiographical.

    Although people are describing this as a vampire movie, I cannot helpbut feel that this does the film something of a disservice. Does thismean that people who do not particularly like vampire movies would notnecessarily go to the cinema and watch this? That would be a shamebecause this is a very human story. The vampire element does take aback seat to the main focus of the story which is the fascinatingrelationship between Oscar and Eli. These are two outcasts broughttogether by their miserable lives.

    The film is Swedish with subtitles but again don't let that put youoff. The two performances by the child actors are fantastic anddirector Alfredson is apparently better known for comedy in Sweden andhis humour is evident throughout the film. Without a doubt the bestfilm at Frightfest 2008, there is a remake planned for 2010 but thefilm is near perfect just as it is so why wait? Go and see it.

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