Monday, 6 April 2009

[171] Let the Right One In (Låt den rätte komma in, 2008) Review

Let the Right One In is one of the best films I have seen so far this year, and easily one of my favourite vampire-themed films. It is inventive, moving and disturbing -- all with a subtle touch. I'm glad I was able to see the film and review it for Den of Geek. Check it out.


Nowadays, cross-pollination seems to be the way to go for rejuvenating staid genres. Horror films are often as formulaic as they come, but Let The Right One In (Låt den rätte komma in) brings invention and inspiration in spades to its gothic mode of vampire fiction.

12 year old Oskar (Kåre Hedebrant) lives with his mother in a block of flats in suburban Stockholm. Bullied by other kids at school, he has private dreams of lashing out in violent defence - carrying around a pocket knife, which he only unleashes on a tree in the local playground. Parallel to a spate of murders, he befriends the ethereal, distant Eli (Lina Leandersson) - a girl who is also 12, and only comes out at night.

Thus begins one of the more original, and stranger romances of recent memory. Adapted from the Swedish-language novel by author John Ajvide Lindqvist, Let The Right One In takes its conventional premise and grounds it in a pre-teen relationship. It effectively captures and communicates the uncertainties and curiosity of developing sexuality - making the film quietly dramatic and sometimes lightly, sometimes darkly comical, while still crafting moments of chilling horror.

Read the full article here.

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