Let the Right One In

Tomas Alfredson’s Let the Right One In is possibly the only truly exceptional film of the recent craze of vampire movies. Set in Sweden during the 1980s, it tells the story of Oskar, a 12-year old outcast who meets Eli, a girl of the same age. However he soon discovers she is vampire who needs the help of others to maintain a supply of fresh blood.

The film is based on the book of the same name by John Ajvide Lindqvist, which falls more into the horror genre. Whilst the film remains very faithful to the source, it focuses more on the child characters’ complex relationship but still keeps its macabre tone. Its set design looks beautiful, but it is the detailed sound effects of the movie that particularly stand out. Despite the vampire genre now being a vast one, the plot and story is very original – and is so clever you’ll wonder how no-one had previously thought of this idea.

Despite having only come out in 2009, an American remake named Let Me In will be released later this year. In my opinion it’ll take a massive effort to compete with the quality of the original.

Let the Right One In Official Site

Let the Right One In on iMDb

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