4 An amazing dynamic between the two leads combined with amazing cinematography by Van Hoytema made this film enjoyable. It was brought down heavily by the lack of a world outside the two leads. Outside of the two leads, the film falls apart into a comical mess. I still give it 4 because the leads were that good. That scene with them in the bed, WOW.
It's hard to imagine a horror flick that deals with supernatural matters and which manages to presented them in such a serious, natural and realistic way while maintaining a tone that flows somewhere between art film, character driven drama and pure horror. It offers new solutions for the way to film a mutilation which ends up rewarded with less is more action, meant to creep under viewer's skin for years to come.
A fresh retelling of vampire myth or story. The place is a snowy-town of Stockholm. I would say this movie is slow-burn thriller. I don't think it's a horror movie. I like the performance of the two childs actor as Oskar and Eli. I can feel their chemistry. It's quite surprising - I never thought that this movie is a little bit gory/bloody. Hoyte van Hoytema's cinematography made this movie looks chilling...
Rendons hommage à cette curieuse incursion scandinave dans le fantastique, genre plutôt boudé par la plupart des filmographies nordiques, qui malgré d'incisives longueurs et une bassinante curée aquatique, mérite quelques chaleureux assentiments, le temps d'une froide et revigorante morsure hivernale. www.cinefiches.com
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.
A dull, blank-faced teen boy falls in love with a dull, blank-faced teen girl. That girl happens to be a vampire who occasionally murders people. Despite being a blood-sucking monster, she remains surprisingly dull and blank-faced, much like everyone else in this movie. Slow and hushed and ambiguous to the point of inducing sleep, despite being dubbed "horror", I give this snoozefest a C-.