Let The Right One In
Director: Tomas Alfredson
The young vampire genre is not new to filmmakers but to make something capable of knocking the audience down, let them back on their feet and knocking them down again is something that is done rarely these days. Let The Right One In is one such movie. Compelling, poignant, beautiful. These aren’t words often used to describe a horror film. However, it is anything but a typical horror film. That is, if you can even go so far as to justifiably pigeonhole this as horror.
This 2008 released movie is about Oskar, a bullied 12-year old, who 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?
Although, the movie is deliberately paced for its artistic value and can be hard for people having traditional taste of horror flicks but make no mistake, Let The Right One In is as solid as they come, and the clear focus to create a character driven film justifies the violence and bloodletting.
The title refers to vampire lore that suggests they must be invited in before entering a house. With a high creepy factor that has been perfectly polished, this film is well worth the risk of inviting home. The cruelest of bedtime stories told through the eyes of a child. Let the Right One In is a stark reminder that no matter how dark your life seems, there may be a blacker thing just beyond your front steps. It is at this time that you can step back and shut the door … or embrace the darkness.
Let The Right One In is everything that you could ever hope for in a movie, and it is a movie that everyone owes it to themselves to see. Hunt it down if you have to, and you most likely will have to, but don’t let this little gem slip away from you. You would deeply regret that.