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LET THE RIGHT ONE IN
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Reviewed by: Ryan Doom

Directed by: Tomas Alfredson

Starring:
Kare Hedebrant
Lina Leandersson
and Per Ragnar

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What's it about
In a Swedish town in 1982, Oskaróa nerdy, friendless, isolated, and a knife obsessed preteen boyóbecomes friends with new neighbor girl Eli, who doesnít seem quite right. Suddenly, people around town start turning up dead with their blood drained, and young Oskar puts it all together that Eli might just be a vampire.
Is it good movie?
Letís be honest. Plenty of vampire movies exist out there. More than Iíd care to take the time and add up. While many, many of them end up being crap, some attempt to break the moldy mold and play against convention. Near Dark did it. Shadow of the Vampire did it. From Dusk Till Dawn did. Vampire in Brooklyn, well, sucked. Many have attempted to see the beauty of the undead, yet few ever succeed.

The Swedish vampire flick Let the Right One In could be the best of the genre since perhaps my favorite, Bram Stokerís Dracula (or Shadow of the Vampire). Not only is the story enthralling and engaging, not only is the snowy Sweden landscape cold and isolated, but the odd friendship between the main characters emerges as charming, puzzling, tragic, and fascinating.

Donít be fooled by the preteen stuff. This isnít Twilight. Of course, I havenít seen it that one, but Iím quite certain it doesnít play in the same ballpark. When I first read the premise for Let the Right One In, I must admit my eyes rolled. I judged the proverbial book by its cover and failed to expect what director Tomas Alfredson had created.

Let the Right One In plays as a beautifully entertaining film that doesnít shy away from the clichťs of the vampire lure. Sunlight. Blood. Stinky. Lonely. The ability to fly. And most of all, one must give permission to let the bloodsucker in. And bloodsucking does occur. Painful to watch at times, little Eli strikes with unexpected, gory suddenness. She brings terror back to the genre. Hell, then again, Alfredson even makes the ultimate clichťd, the high school bully, intimidating. Thatís an accomplishment.

Let the Right One In obviously lacked a massive budget, not that it needed one. Like any intelligent film, little budget equals to reliance of ingenuity, craft, and on the Hitchcock method of allowing the viewers to horrify themselves via imagination, not fancy pants CGI.
Video / Audio
Video: Widescreen presentation

Audio: Presented with the power of Dolby Digital Surround with your choice of English or Swedish.
The Extras
Behind the Scenes: Seven minutes worth of interviews. Itís very interesting learning about the society of the Swedish society. Throughout the film, young Oskar is threatened by bullies, demanding he squeal like a pig, and it wasnít until the director discussed the story that it made sense, considering the early 1980ís setting.

Deleted Scenes: Four deleted scenes, all totally about five and a half minutes. Like all cut stuff, a reason exists for the removal.
Last Call
Let the Right One In is sad, scary, warming, and most all, excellent. Do yourself a favor, rent this tonight and enjoy a new horror classic thatís timeless, gory, and charming. The type of film American filmmakers cannot and will not make. Iím sure this thing will soon be remade for us, the American dummies. Maybe itíll be called Twilight 2: The Return of the Lestat.
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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