Let The Right One In: Just This Time

Hello everyone! Let’s keep trying to jump into the Halloween spirit with this week’s movie club Let The Right One In.

LET THE RIGHT ONE IN

Let_the_Right_One_In_(Swedish)

DIRECTED: Tomas Alfredson

STARRING: Kåre Hedebrant, Lina Leandersson, Per Ragnar, Ika Nord,Peter Carlber

GENRE: Romantic Horror

YEAR: 2008

COUNTRY: Sweden

jhgOskar, a bullied 12-year old, dreams of revenge. He falls in love with Eli, a peculiar girl. She can’t stand the sun or food and to come into a room she needs to be invited. Eli gives Oskar the strength to hit back but when he realizes that Eli needs to drink other people’s blood to live he’s faced with a choice. How much can love forgive? Set in the Stockholm suburb of Blackeberg in 1982.

I have been wanting to watch Let The Right One In for a very long time and I don’t know why I waited so long to do so. Finally…FINALLY we have a vampire flick that actually take vampires seriously! They are few and far between, as only 30 Days of Night comes to mind now that I think about it. They take the mysterious. blood-sucking monsters that are vampires and don’t make them glitter (F*** YOU TWILIGHT). Take away the vampires and you just have a fantastically grim story of a relationship between two preteens who no one really wants but want each other. I must give a shout out to the entire cast, as each role was performed admirably and only added to the grimness that is Let the Right One In.

let_the_right_one_in71Beyond that, I highly dissuade anyone to watch the American remake of Let the Right One In. While they try very hard to make it suitable for American audiences, it just doesn’t work. Let the Swedes have this one America. While the film does take the vampires seriously, it adds some ultra-dark humor to spice things up a bit. This happens when it is time for both vampires to collect blood and feed. The result? Neither one is good at it one bit. While I did find it incredibly funny, I felt that it took away from the films grim and sinister tone.

PROS:

  • Serious vampires.
  • Relationship analysis.
  • Grim tone.
  • Interesting grim take on life.

CONS:

  • American remake.
  • Out of place humor.

SCORE: 6.0 / 10

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