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Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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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Special Features

Closed Caption; ; Deleted Scenes; Behind the Scenes; Photo Gallery; Theatrical Poster Gallery
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Editorial Reviews

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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/10/2009
  • UPC: 876964001731
  • Original Release: 2008
  • Rating:

  • Source: Magnolia
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:55:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 12,235

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, Production Designer
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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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Let the Right One In
1. Lesson [7:05]
2. Radio [6:48]
3. Murder [8:58]
4. Help Me [9:50]
5. Writing [9:35]
6. Help [16:43]
7. Ice Hole [5:01]
8. Swimming [1:49]
9. You Don't Understand [5:27]
10. A Guest [4:15]
11. Cats [:00]
12. Are You Dead? [2:16]
13. Ask Me In [7:13]
14. The Bathroom [6:47]
15. Hi Oskar [8:31]
16. End Credits [9:25]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Let the Right One In
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   Scene Selections
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      Deleted Scenes
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         Eli & Oskar Exterior Scene
         Virginia Vomits
         Eli & Oskar Interior Scene
      Behind the Scenes
      Photo Gallery
      Theatrical Poster Gallery
         Let The Right One In
         Lat Den Rätte Komma In
      6-Shooter Film Series
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         Eden Log
         Donkey Punch
         Big Man Japan
      Also from Magnolia Home Entertainment
   Set Up
      Audio
         5.1 English (Dubbed) Dolby Digital
         2.0 English (Dubbed) Dolby Digital
         5.1 Swedish Dolby Digital
         2.0 Swedish Dolby Digital
      Subtitles
         English Subtitles
         English Narrative Subtitles
         Spanish Subtitles
         Subtitles: None
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Do not buy this DVD. A proper DVD release is on the way.

    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).

    12 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    I'll keep this short

    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.

    10 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing movie, but DON'T buy the US version of the DVD

    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.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Let This Right Book In

    After reading the novel I felt compelled to watch the film adaption. Director Tomas Alfredson hit the mark with the movie. He instilled the gruesome and slightly cold factor the novel possesses and recreated the novel perfectly on screen. This is not a teen vampire movie for it's not for the faint of heart just like the novel isn't. I recommend this to anybody who wants to quench their mind's thirst for a proficient adaption of a soon to be classic novel.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    A breath of horrifically fresh air

    Simple, sad, more than a little gruesome. No meladramtic teenagers, no 'sparkling', no techno music, no long haired dudes with shaved chests, no 'vampire councils', and no pulled punches. Just great performances, some jet black humor, and gorgeous directing. Be extra cool and see it before the American remake comes out.

    2 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    A Sleeper Hit

    Knowles of Aint It Cool News had written an article on why this wasn't on the 2008 Academy Awards sights for Best Foreign Film. He writes that for a film to be in such category the country of Origin has to adopt the film to represent the country (Sweden). Unfortunately it wasn't adopted and he goes on to say that because of it films like LTROI can get swept under rug and off the radar for film fans. But fans of the film have voiced their delight for this film and easily became a great "Word of Mouth" recommendation.

    I saw this trailer a while back and instantly wanted to see it. It is a quintessential "MUST SEE" kind of film that spins a wonderful and believeable love story. No techno music or shirtless pale freaks of the night here. Just simple but true Vampire mythology with the right amount of CGI/VFX for effect.

    Like other Reviews here, wait til they re-release LTROI in proper subtitles to enjoy the full beauty of this Vampire masterpiece.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Very good movie!

    No "cookie cutter" Hollywood here. Young actors - brilliant.
    Run Tom Cruise , run.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Read the book too!

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Team Oskar!!!

    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.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    this IS the best vampire movie ever

    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!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Great Film, Horrible presentation

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Absolutely Amazing

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    A film that's not only about a vampire but the story of two people and how they start to be friends.

    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.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Låt den rätte komma in (2008)

    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!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Best Vampire Movie

    This is by far one of the best vampire movies out there. Very inventive and haunting. The cinematography is outstanding. The script could have used some polishing but the actors are great and it is a film that will stay with you for weeks after viewing.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Remember, this isn't an American movie!

    I thought this was one of the best vampire movies I have ever seen!
    And yes, the pace moves a little slow, and it doesn't have the typical horror movie scares, but this movie wasn't made just for American audiences. Its going to have things that the typical American moviegoer might find slow or even boring. But as a someone who loves film, and has seen a lot of foreign films, this is one of the best.
    I highly recommend it to everyone, and I agree that it is very much the anti-twilight! This is how vampires are supposed to be!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    horrible

    I felt it was too long. The storyline wasnt very good. The charaters and their acting was incredible though about the only postitive thing I could say about this film. It wasnt scary, funny, dynamicly entertaining or very rememberable. Would not recomend this movie to friends or anybody for that unless I wanted them to waste their time.

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    One of the Best Vampire Movies I've ever seen!

    I have read countless positive reviews about this new phenomenon, and the reviews are right! This movie is like nothing I have ever seen before, so I can't really compare it to anything I've seen.
    It's considered a horror movie, but I would classify it as a REALLY, REALLY, REALLY DARK love story. It has it moments of gore, romance, and thrills. I think it's worth the purchase. So if you want a more rated-R take on the classic ---Bella loves Edward or Buffy loves Angel--- scenario...this is the film for you. It's pretty amazing, at least I thought so.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    The Swedes hit this one on the head!

    I don't care what anyone else thinks...I LOVED THIS MOVIE. The story line was, or rather is quite unique and well thought out. It was so much better than those ridiculous Twilight movies.

    I, unfortunately, have not had the pleasure of reading the novel.But now I think I'll run right out and buy it.

    It's to bad this one wasn't up for an award.

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Wonderful!!

    This film is excellent! Unfortunately, I have no patience and could not wait for a more fulfilling version. The plot is so original and they execute it much to my liking. I will be buying the copy with better English subtitles. I HIGHLY recommend this!

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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