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Låt den rätte komma in (2008)

Posted in Horror Review with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 3, 2010 by Pass the Popcorn!

Director: Tomas Alfredson

Writer: John Ajvide Lindqvist

Tagline: Eli is 12 years old. She’s been 12 for over 200 years and, she just moved in next door.

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.

Cast: Kåre Hedebrant – Oscar

Lina Leandersson – Eli

Per Ragnar – Håkan

Henrik Dahl – Erik

Karin Bergquist – Yvonne

Review (spoilers):

First of all I have to ask myself why I didn’t watch this movie earlier because it is absolutely beautiful. Låt den rätte komma in (or Let the right one in) is one of many modern horrors that make me think how independent movies will eventually take over the global movie industry. But that’s another topic. Now I am here to discuss this perfect movie which comes from cold (and somehow “distant”) Sweden. Låt den rätte komma in is a lovely story about a bullied boy Oscar who meets his new next door neighbor, a 12 year old girl who is a vampire. Needless to say that she turns his life upside down from that moment on. This movie gives a completely different sight into the vampire lore. The vampire girl, Eli, is romantic, vicious but yet seems so childish and innocent. All those contracts make her a fully developed and interesting character worth following. The boy Oscar also has an amusing persona, he is very troubled and seeks revenge on the kids that bully him. Those two main characters and their relationship make a perfect combination for the movie’s plot.

Just like Gwoemul, Låt den rätte komma in doesn’t rely entirely on one genre. It is a genre breaking drama with elements of romance and horror. A really weird and beautiful combination it is, I must admit. The relationship of the young couple was so masterfully developed that it left me completely breathless. This movie is a surprisingly positive thing in the vampire genre. Speaking of vampires…all the bloodsucking and horror scenes were also excellent. Some of them were unbelievably creepy because the effects seemed amazingly real. We even have a scene in which we see a man’s burned face by some acid. In addition to all that Låt den rätte komma in has a chilling and dark atmosphere of Sweden at winter. There are almost no bright colors being used in the movie, everything is very gloomy. It all fits perfectly to Eli’s personality because she seems very depressed.

Some people may say that this movie is a little too slow for them but I haven’t had such problems. It just sucked me in with all that wonderful atmosphere, excellent writing and awesome acting. Låt den rätte komma in has a very strong story full with heartbreaking scenes and twists you wouldn’t expect. When I finished watching it, it didn’t leave me apathetic (like many movies do). It had a strong impact and impression on me. It is just fantastic. There are even some subplots in the movie which were also perfect. One of them follows one random woman who turns into a vampire herself. I was amazed how some emotions like loneliness, psychical terror and fear were developed so much in that short subplot. Kudos to the director.

My Rating: 9/10… It is nice to see something unique and fresh in the vampire genre. I reccomend it.