Let the Right One In

Let the Right One In

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Director: Tomas Alfredson

Cast: Kare Hedebrant, Lina Leandersson, Per Ragnar

     
 

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A 12-year-old boy befriends a mysterious young girl whose appearance in town suspiciously coincides with a horrifying series of murders in director Tomas Alfredson's adaptation of the book by author John Ajvide Lindqvist, who also wrote the screenplay. Oskar is a young boy who can't seem to shake

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A 12-year-old boy befriends a mysterious young girl whose appearance in town suspiciously coincides with a horrifying series of murders in director Tomas Alfredson's adaptation of the book by author John Ajvide Lindqvist, who also wrote the screenplay. Oskar is a young boy who can't seem to shake off the local bullies, but all of that begins to change when a new neighbor moves in next door. After striking up an innocent friendship with his eccentric next-door neighbor, Oskar realizes that she is the vampire responsible for the recent rash of deaths around town. Despite the danger, however, Oskar's friendship with the girl ultimately takes precedence over his fear of her.

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All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
Pre-adolescent angst has rarely been as eerie or unsettlingly honest as it is in director Tomas Alfredson's stylish, psychologically complex tale of friendship between a tormented schoolboy and his new neighbor -- a reclusive 12-year-old girl who isn't exactly what she appears to be. Adapted from the popular novel by author John Ajvide Lindqvist, who also wrote the screenplay, Let the Right One In is one of those rare genre films that uses fantasy not as a means to its own ends, but as a springboard to exploring topical issues and mature themes that might come off as clichéd if explored within the restraining confines of a real-world setting. What we get, instead, is a thoughtfully plotted adult fable that builds quiet momentum while winding toward a true stunner of a climax that will literally leave you breathless. Oskar (Kåre Hedebrant) is a smart kid, though his morbid interests and limited social skills make him something of an outcast among his classmates, as well as a tempting target for one particularly pitiless schoolyard bully. Largely ignored at home, where he quietly passes off his bruises as playground accidents, Oskar soon strikes up a friendship with his mysterious neighbor Eli (Lina Leandersson), who appears seemingly out of nowhere one night in their moonlit apartment-complex courtyard. At first Eli claims that under no circumstances can she and Oskar be friends, though her initially steely resolve seems to weaken significantly after a few more encounters in the courtyard and a revelation by Oskar that the picked-upon boy has never felt comfortable sharing with his emotionally distant parents. But as Oskar attempts to summon the courage needed to strike back at his tormentors, something unusual is happening around town; there's a serial killer on the loose -- a homicidal maniac with an insatiable bloodlust. As the locals attempt to identify the killer and Oskar makes a shocking discovery about Eli, the time comes for the frightened boy to weigh his fears against his instincts while taking his tenuous first steps toward manhood. As with many page-to-screen translations, Let the Right One In at times feels slightly compromised for the sake of streamlining the story: Who is Eli's gruff caretaker, and how did their relationship come to be? What has driven Oskar away from his parents, and why are they so quick to accept his transparent excuse regarding the painful-looking cut on his cheek? Yet rather than leaving us frustrated, these tantalizingly vague omissions allow viewers to fill in the gaps with their imagination while Alfredson and Lindqvist focus on Oskar's connection with Eli, and the manner in which the two outcasts find comfort in one another's company as the threats to both continue to grow increasingly dire. Oskar and Eli may be sympathetic victims of circumstance, but that doesn't mean that either of them is entirely innocent and benevolent, and it's this strange, slightly unsettling dynamic that infuses Let the Right One In with the compelling air of menace as the film winds to its unpredictable showstopper of a conclusion. As the knife-wielding schoolboy who may know a bit too much for comfort about crime scene investigation, screen newcomer Hedebrant manages the formidable feat of making the audience care for Oskar even after the character revels some alarming traits, while Leandersson shines equally bright in her big-screen debut as Eli, the complex character whom fans of the film are sure to debate over for years to come. Though subtlety and atmosphere may be two of the key factors that help distinguish Let the Right One In from a vast majority of jump-cut-laden adolescent vampire flicks, the filmmakers don't shy away when the time comes for all hell to break loose. Not only does that stylistic decision allow cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema the chance to get a little creative during some of the film's more intense sequences, but it also helps to make the violence all the more effective when it actually occurs onscreen, skillfully laying the groundwork for a beautifully executed payoff that will nudge Let the Right One In into near-classic territory for many. And while Johan Söderqvist's achingly maudlin score occasionally negates some of the film's finer subtleties by dictating emotion to the audience, that one minor creative misstep is hardly enough to prevent Let the Right One In from being one of the most challenging and satisfying vampire films in recent memory.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/10/2009
UPC:
0876964001793
Original Release:
2008
Rating:
R
Source:
Magnolia
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:55:00
Sales rank:
13,435

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kare Hedebrant Oskar
Lina Leandersson Eli
Per Ragnar Hakan
Henrik Dahl Erik
Karin Bergquist Yvonne
Peter Carlberg Lacke
Ika Nord Virginia
Mikael Rahm Jocke
Karl-Robert Lindgren Gosta
Anders T. Peedu Morgan
Pale Olofsson Larry
Cayetano Ruiz Avila, Schoolmaster
Patrik Rydmark Conny
Johan Somnes Andreas
Mikael Erhardsson Martin
Rasmus Luthander Jimmy
Soren Kallstigen Janne, Erik's friend
Malin Cederbladh Hospital Receptionist
Bernt Ostman Virginia's nurse
Kajsa Linderholm Teacher
Adam Stone Policeman in Classroom
Ingemar Raukola Messenger

Technical Credits
Tomas Alfredson Director,Editor
Gunnar Carlsson Co-producer
Ricard Constantinou Co-producer
Mia Ericsson Degerlund Production Manager
Fido Film Special Effects
Jonas Jansson Sound/Sound Designer
Dino Jonsater Editor
John Ajvide Lindqvist Screenwriter
Carl Molinder Producer
John Nordling Producer
Eva Noren Art Director
Lena Rehnberg Co-producer
Johan Söderqvist Score Composer
Maria Strid Costumes/Costume Designer,Makeup
Patrik Stromdahl Sound/Sound Designer
Per Sundström Sound/Sound Designer
Per-Erik Svensson Co-producer
Hoyte van Hoytema Cinematographer
Maggie Widstrand Casting
Anna Zakrisson Asst. Director,Casting

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Let the Right One In 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 51 reviews.
Earthbound More than 1 year ago
Let The Right One In was one of 2008's finest films. It is one of the best vampire movies ever made. It isn't strictly a horror movie. It is a foreign drama with vampire elements. It is, in short, sublime. However, the distributor of the US DVD totally destroyed the film by dumbing down the subtitles to the point of lunacy. There are scenes with 6-8 lines of dialogue reduced to 4-7 words. The film has been butchered and this disc should NOT be bought. The distibutor has faced a public outcry over what they did to the movie and have promised to get a proper DVD manufactured. They are not however offering exchanges for people who have purchased the garbage version. When the new version is available, the Subtitles info section will clearly state "English (theatrical)." When that version is released, it is strongly recommeded. It is a five star film with a 0 star DVD release. My recommendation is to wait for the correct version and then it is a must-buy. Everyone should see this film (and with literal translations of the Swedish dialog), just not yet. As soon as they release the correct version, it will have my highest recommendation. So, don't buy this DVD. Buy the theatrical version as soon as it is released. Soon it will be butchered a second time with an Americanized remake directed by Matt Reeves (Cloverfield).
Alfeetoe More than 1 year ago
This movie, and the book, are the anti-Twilight. Every good vampire idea is here. The title actually speaks volumes as to the classic nature of the film. It's 75% love story, and 25% beautifully gory bliss. It is cinematic, poignant, and gorgeously framed. This is not only one of the greatest vampire films ever made, but also one of the best foreign pictures I've had the pleasure of watching. Give it a look. You won't be disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I saw the movie twice before getting the DVD yesterday, which I watched last night. For whatever reason, the movie has been re-subtitled, and the newer subtitles are dumbed down and some dialog was changed completely. This was my favorite movie of 2008. It's sad that someone decided to mess with something so beautiful. I'm hoping I'll be able to find the correct version (European maybe?) on eBay.
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-Marcello More than 1 year ago
The best movie I have ever seen (and no im not exaggerating). Hands-Down worth your hard earned cash and worth the watch. This film tingles all your senses and is unforgettable in every way. Truly a Modern Classic Go Buy It!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I never heard of this movie but saw a preview for it. It looked creepy and interesting at the same time. This film is really good and the two leads did an amazing job. Its the story of a bullied boy, meets his new neighbor who happens to have a secret, all the while there's been killings around town. There are some bloody scenes so this isn't for kids to see. What I liked about this film was that in some scenes they don't show you everything but leave for you, the viewer to imagine it. Nowadays some horror movies don't do that and just have too much blood than necessary. I recommend the film if you love vampires or want a horror film with a story or have read the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hands down the greatest Vampire movie ever made. Absolutely fantastic. If you like the movie, than get the book. Even better, with some extra stuff left out of the movie but still amazingly incredible.
RevRick More than 1 year ago
The movie is one of the best vampire films of the past decade. The problem is that the Blu-ray has those dumbed-down subtitles; the company, after pressure, came out with a DVD with the theatrical subititles. They never did with the Blu-ray. I wouldn't go near this one with a ten-foot pole.
thediener More than 1 year ago
This film is everything that a vampire movie is supposed to be. HOWEVER, the only appropriate way to watch it without sacrificing quality is to adjust the audio settings to Swedish 5.1 and the subtitle settings to English (Theatrical). If you try to watch it any other way, you will hate the movie!
QMB More than 1 year ago
This vampire movie was too long. It is actually funny in parts, but definitely not worth spending much $ on.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best vampire movie that I have ever watched. With the vampire craze going on right now, this is truly a great love story for true vampire fans. Don't expect much of dazzling vampires because it is bloody and disturbing at times, but the same time it is sweet and a great story of friendship. The story is set is a realistic world that some people can relate with, and both lead characters are well portrayed by the actors. I do advice two things: One don't read the book it will ruin the movie for you and two watch the original instead of the dubbed version.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This movie did not change from the book, but it did leave out quite a bit. Some of things that aren't said in the movie that you may want to know are in the books. The characters that you want to know more about, including the main ones, are all given a more detailed existence in the books. The movie has a lot of feeling, but reading the book before the movie (and even reading it after would suffice) gives me a greater connection. If you're gonna' see this movie, read the book! Great movie.
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