I watched the movie “Let The Right One In” a few nights ago and I’m still on the fence about how I feel about it.
Let me preface this by saying that I love horror movies, but the vampire thing seems to have been done to death (no pun intended). So being original with a vampire story is very difficult.
Although there is some originality to this particular story, I felt that a lot of it had been done before. Creepy kids are nothing new to the horror genre, after all. So it isn’t a complete stretch to make a creepy kid that is also a vampire.
What makes this particular film stand out, however, is the relationship of this child vampire, Eli, to her 12-year-old next-door neighbor, Oskar, a boy who is constantly bullied by his classmates. These two form an unlikely friendship which is both sweet and a little weird.
I did enjoy the performance of Lina Leandersson, who portrayed Eli, the vampire. She was wonderfully creepy. The first scene where she feeds not only made me jump out of my seat, but sent goosebumps up and down my spine.
My favorite scene occurs when the boys that have been bullying Oskar meet their brutal end. You know it’s coming, but it is filmed in such a way that it’s terrifying to watch. With friends like Eli, who needs enemies?
In the end, though, I didn’t think this film was as brilliant as many critics did. It tended to drag on at times, but this also made the brutal violence of Eli attacking her victims stand out and seem all that more frightening. I do think that cultural differences made some of the relationships seem a bit off, though, and I cannot help but to wonder just how much of the film is lost in translation.
Have you seen this film? What did you think about it?