Oskar, a bullied 12-year-old, strikes up a friendship with his new neighbor, the mysterious and moody Eli. Initially reserved, a sweet romance blossoms between them. But a dark, macabre secret revealing Eli’s connection to a string of bloody local murders, threatens everything.
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Since I watched it for the first time some years ago I find this film unique (and far better than Matt Reeves’ remake "Let me in"). The contrast between bloody reality and tender relationship of the two protagonists is the initial point for a very special coming-of-age story with captivating and atmospheric cinematography.
Definitely worth the re-visit. A violent and chilling story that happens to include vampires, and doesn't manage to forget its warm (and human) heart. Beautiful and efficient style, pace, and score, as well as great performances from the lead children. One of the best horror films of the past ten years, I'd say.
Vampire pictures don't do much for me, not even pretty ones like this. 8 horror films on MUBi this month? Not including I Married A Witch. I know it's Halloween, but all month? I can only hope that for Valentine's day, MUBi will give us 8 erotic films, which I do like. More LOVE, less blood, horror and violence please!
Hollywood doesn't need screenwriters. They're all out of ideas anyway. In desperation they've turned to comic books and foreign films. That way you know you have a good idea and you don't have to spend time trying to imagine what it looks like. This is a beautiful film and the swimming pool scene is a classic for all times.
The best contemporary Vampire flick hands down... Let The Right One In is a true piece of art that flows beautifully, providing an onslaught of tantalizingly horrific visuals juxtaposed against an eerily realistic demonic soundscape that is executed to the highest degree of perfection by a first time film director. This Scandinavian horror knows its roots as it makes multiple references to Bergman, namely, to Persona