31 Days of Halloween! #22. Let the Right One In

I’m counting down my favorite 31 Horror Movies of all time. Every day this month I’ll feature one movie from my list – starting on Oct 1st with #31 and ending  on the Oct 31st, Halloween, with my #1 favorite scary movie.




#22. Let the Right One In (2008)

Directed by: Tomas Alfredson

Starring: Kåre Hedebrant, Lina Leandersson, Per Ragnar

Plot: Oskar, 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.

My Thoughts

This is a great, original vampire story  – and those are hard to come by these days (unless your vampires “sparkle” and shit like that. If so, I’ll pass). No, no sparkling vampires here, just an unforgettable performance by Lina Leandersson as the young vampire girl that moves in to an apartment complex and strikes up a friendship with a troubled boy Oskar. Oskar is played by Kare Hedebrant who also gives an incredible performance. These two actors make this film and transform it from just another horror film into something we don’t get very often – a prepubescent love story. This film, along with Moonrise Kingdom, does an excellent job of giving us the awkwardness and newness of love found when you are 11 or 12.  Those years are hard enough, can you imagine if the girl or boy you had that first crush on was a vampire?

p.s stay away from the American remake “Let Me In”. Stick with the Swedes


3 responses to “31 Days of Halloween! #22. Let the Right One In

  1. Pingback: 31 Days of Halloween! Recap | the mandelbrot set

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