Let The Right One In is a masterpiece directed by Tomas Alfredson. It's cold, pale, bloody, terrifying, and it plays on audience's number one fear, children. Probably the film's greatest achievement is returning vampires to nightmare status. Twilight fans stop reading now. There are no teen heartthrobs here.
The story is about Oskar (played by Kåre Hedebrant), a little boy who is always picked on at school and is obsessed with newspaper clippings about murders. A little girl and middle age man move in next to him and things get weird. You quickly learn that the girl is a vampire and the man is her servant. He goes out kills people then bleeds them dry. Oskar becomes infatuated with her because let's face it he has no friends.
After multiple bloody and gruesome killings that come out of nowhere, the people in the apartment complex start to get suspicious. Without giving too much away, all the conventions of a normal vampire story are there. I really like how they turned the relationship between a human and the creature on its head by having it be at a young impressionable age as well as switching the genders. They do get found out and Oskar is left alone towards the end of the movie. Then the greatest scene ever recorder in a horror movie happens. Watch this movie for that scene at the very least. I had to rewind it a few times to make sure I saw what I thought I saw.
This film is out on DVD now because it came out last year. The review is relevant because Hollywood is remaking it. I hate this because it was so wonderfully foreign and so well done there is no need to make American audiences suffer through a remake. The deafening silence of the Scandinavian landscape, the pale people contrasted with the white snow and the red blood make for overall a visually haunting experience. It is beautifully written, directed, and acted. My only complaint is that the slow pacing towards the third act is not really needed
For the first time in a long time I was surprised and scared by a horror film. You really don't know what is going to happen next. Best of all Dracula's legacy is intact. You don't have any over sexed love story or any communion of vampires wanting to rule the world. It's one vampire living in a human's world at a vulnerable age who you end up liking. She is a godless killing machine but because of her innocent exterior the audience and the townspeople are fooled.
Rent it or buy it I don't care just see this film. You will have restored faith in horror movies that don't focus on porn and torture as well as vampires.