Let The Right One In (Lat Den Ratte Komma In), Dir. Tomas Alfredson (2008)

From left: Kare Hedebrant as Oskar and Lena leandersson as Eli

Kare Hedebrant as Oskar and Lena leandersson as Eli

Rating: 5 and a half /6

This is a horror film but not your average horror film, call it instead a social-realist horror film. It manages to take the tired genre of the vampire film and make it seem fresh and full of new possibilities.

Based on John Ajvide Lindgvist’s novel, who also wrote the screenplay. It puts the vampire Eli (a beguiling and brilliant Lina Leandersson) into the context of early 80’s Swedish suburbia, (though the 80’s is certainly not important or seen through a nostalgic lens, even the music is in fact all original to the film written by a member of Roxette to sound like 80’s music) and ties it into a coming-of-age love-story between Oskar (Kare Hedebrant also engaging) and Eli.

This may seem similar to the recent Twilight but I think in this case the story is told with a lot more panache and a lot less cliched romanticism (though I will admit here that I haven’t seen Twillight so I can’t say this definitively).

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