Thursday, September 4, 2014

Let the Right One In (2008)

Director: Thomas Alfredson

Starring: Kåre Hedebrant, Lina Leandersson, Per Ragnar

Runtime: 1:54

Rant: Isn't this adorable? Little picked-on, shit-assed Oskar has no friends. Not until he meets a nice little girl named Eli. What a touching scene they have out by the jungle gym. Almost makes you forget a strange Swedish man slit the throat of a boy and drained his blood into a goddamn cantine. How cute.

What a goofy dichotomy. On one hand we have a nice little story of two lonely children finding each other in a snowy town in Sweden. On the other hand we have a brutal vampire story. And I mean brutal. Some of these kill scenes are fucking hardcore. I don't know whether the drama is powerful enough to outweigh the horror or the horror is terrifying enough to outweigh the drama. I don't know if I'm too sympathetic of this girl to feel scared of her or if I'm too scared of her to feel sympathetic. What the fuck? Either way it's well made. Very enjoyable. Something different in the world of awful horror movies. They even show us what happens to a vampire if they enter a house uninvited. That's something I haven't seen before.

The gore is really good. It could have been a good movie without it but it's a nice bonus. Not too over the top but not subtle at all. I can't find a thing wrong with this movie. The two leads are children and they both do a great job. How's that possible?

The ending is fucking incredible. I loved this movie. If you haven't seen it, fucking see it. This is an incredible awful horror movie.

Fun Fact: Remade for America in 2010 as Let Me In.

Overall film: 8.5
Entertainment: 8
Gore: 8