Let the Right One In (2008)

Tomas Alfredson
2008 • 115 Minutes • 2.35:1 • Sweden
Sandrew Metronome Distribution Sverige AB

Cast: Kåre Hedebrant, Lina Leandersson
Screenplay:  John Ajvide Lindqvist
Producers:  Carl Molinder, John Nordling
Cinematography:  Hoyte Van Hoytema

Awards and Honors

The Essential Films
Ranked #15 on the 100 Essential Horror Movies

- How old are you?
- Twelve... more or less.

The Plot

Oskar is a friendless little boy that is constantly bullied at school. One day he meets a strange little girl, and the two develop a sweet friendship. The twist: She’s a vampire.

Why is it Essential?

O.K. Let me just take the official Essential Films stance right now: F*** TWILIGHT! Ah. There. That feels so much better.

Seriously, though. Remember when vampires were awesome? They were bad ass monsters that you were glad weren’t real. They were bloody, they had fangs, they could rip your throat out and, most importantly, they did NOT glitter in the sunlight. They fucking exploded. The vampires found in the Blade, From Dusk Till Dawn, Dracula and "Buffy"… REAL VAMPIRES. Robert Pattinson? LAME ASS VAMPIRE.

Now. With that rant out of the way, I present to you today’s entry. Let The Right One In is a Swedish vampire movie that goes back the basics. Vampires are dangerous, and bloody, and violent. Yeah, this is a story of a little girl and a little boy and their friendship. But it’s also a story of this little girl going out killing people and sucking their blood.

The story revolves around Oskar, who is essentially the little weird kid that was in everyone’s 4th grade class. This kid is constantly beat up and bullied. Nobody likes him. He meets Eli… who seems to like him back. The two form a cute little friendship, but in the mean time she’s getting her vampire on behind his back. And this movie pulls no punches. It is BLOODY as hell. Once Oskar figures out her secret, will he reject her or will their friendship last? I won’t spoil it, but let’s just say the climactic scene is satisfying for anyone in the audience who has ever been bullied.

This movie was re-made recently as Let Me In for American audiences.  It was a fine interpretation, but nothing beats the original.  Watch it now.

Want to watch it?  You can watch via YouTube for only $2.99!