• James Rutherford

'Let the Right One In': A Disquieting and Surprisingly Touching Swedish Horror Film


Movie poster for the Swedish film Let the Right One In starring Korea Hedebrant and Lina Leandersson

"Let the Right One In” ("Låt Den Rätte Komma In") is a Swedish horror/fantasy film from 2008 that follows the burgeoning friendship between Oskar (Korea Hedebrant), a lonely boy living on the outskirts of Stockholm, and his new neighbor Eli (Lina Leandersson), a mysterious girl who just happens to be a vampire.

Cared for by an enigmatic older man named Håkan (Per Ragnar), Eli grows close to Oskar even as Håkan hunts and kills in the nighttime in order to provide the human blood she desperately craves. Soon, however, her alliances come under duress as malevolent forces lay siege upon her carefully constructed world and her blossoming relationship with eager young Oskar.

Based on the novel by John Ajvide Lindqvist, “Let the Right One In” is a sharply engaging, emotionally enthralling experience that vividly captures the complexities of young love within the framework of darkly twisted vampire story. Exceptionally well directed by Tomas Alfredson (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) and lensed by Hoyte van Hoytema (Dunkirk), "Let the Right One In" is an unusually touching horror film with just the right amount of wickedness.

 

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