Let the Right One In
DIRECTED BY - Tomas Alfredson
A well-crafted horror film in the tradition of Guillermo del Toro's THE DEVIL'S BACKBONE, Swedish import LET THE RIGHT ONE IN ably blends genre chills with genuine feeling. Oskar (Kre Hedebrant) is a 12-year-old outcast who is frequently picked on by his classmates. He dreams of getting his revenge, but he never stands up to the boys. With the arrival of his new next-door neighbor, 12-year-old Eli (Lina Leandersson), Oskar may finally have found a friend, ally, and first love. But Eli is no ordinary girl: she must keep her pale skin out of the sunlight, she can perform inhuman physical feats, and she has thirst for blood. The bodies begin to pile up, but Oskar can't stay away from the girl who has finally given him courage.
RUNTIME - 114 minutes
RATING - Not Rated
YEAR - 2008
"In this sinister but gorgeous and compelling film by Tomas Alfredson, being human and acting human don't always go together."
- Carina Chocano, Los Angeles Times
"[A] spectrally beautiful Swedish vampire movie....The film's cool is largely expressed in visual terms, in the enveloping snow, the wintry light and the cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema's meticulously and steadily framed compositions."
- Manohla Dargis, New York Times