Let The Right One In

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?

6 thoughts on “Let The Right One In

  • March 22, 2011 at 6:49 pm
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    I have to say, I thoroughly enjoyed this one. I liked the slowness of it. Often times a vampire movie is ruined by too much action, too much blood, too much “no thinking involved”. To me it was and interesting take on the genre. It’s no Nightwatch or Daywatch mind you, but for me…just as enjoyable.

  • March 22, 2011 at 6:50 pm
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    How are the Daywatch and Nighwatch movies? I haven’t read the books yet, but wonder if the films are any good.

  • March 22, 2011 at 6:53 pm
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    First and foremost, the books are amazing. There’s four of them now. When I heard they were making them into movies years ago I thought “there’s no way they can visually create what my mind has created”. I was wrong. They captured the essence of the stories quite well. I will say that these are not movies you should walk away from at any point…you will become lost quickly. The story is hard to follow at times but just stay with it. I never knew Russia was capable of effects like that. The best way to watch them is with the subtitles on. The make great use of words like “blood” and “gloom”.

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