Written January 11, 2009
Hands down, the best horror movie I have ever seen. Two amazing twelve year old actors, one plays a sad, lovable vampire character. CG is used just enough to make the gore just that much creepier, but not unbelievable. The Swedish snowy small town setting also adds a perfect, quiet, lonely, eerieness to the film. The other characters are perfectly eccentric and totally David Lynchian. The movie also has a sense of humor, which all great horror films need! I will see this again, and buy it when its on DVD! My friends and I were totally blown away.
Written December 16, 2008
As a fan of the vampire genre, this is one of the best ones I've ever seen. Vampires aside, this might be the best movie I've seen all year. The story is first-rate, the dialog is clever, and the two child leads are simply amazing (even more so when you find out it's their first movie roles ever). Every aspect of the film is well-thought out.
The story stays close to traditional vampire mythology...there's a scene where the she enters the house uninvited with crazy consequences! It's one of many scenes where their relationship is tested and the audience is left on the edge of their seats wondering in horror what will happen next.
It's the anti-Twilight movie and frankly way better. The connection between these kids is way stronger than that of Edward and Bella (due to horrible casting). Part of it is that they're younger and thus the relationship is more innocent.
Don't take kids since there's violence and kids aren't necessarily free from harm's way. AQ should see it.
Written January 26, 2010
This is one of the most beautifully crafted films of all time, of all genres. Clearly the director, cinematographer and editor are maestros of detail and execute with loving care. Here we follow the triangulation between a "child" vampire named Eli, the devoted aging human caretaker, and human lost boy Oskar (newly befriended by Eli). It's a story about devotion, loss, loneliness, sacrifice, survival... and it also just happens to be a vampire story. No need to be a vampire junkie to be enthralled by this starkly mesmerizing gem. The underlying question asked is thus: What makes a monster a monster? Is it killing to stay alive? Killing out of duty? Or being cruel to others simply because you can? You'll be asking yourself afterwards who the REAL monsters are in this film... Human or Vampire?
Written October 25, 2008
I loved this movie... The two leads are great... A must see...
Written January 27, 2009
If there is one film you need to see from 2008 it's not the "Dark Knight", it's this movie, "Let the Right One In." This movie rocked my world. I just saw it last night and I am still feeling the effects of this film. The film is a little slow but please, keep watching this movie. It's worth your time and money. This is a story that hasn't been told enough and the characters had such amazing layers that it proves there is hope for cinema lately. The young actor and actress who played Oskar and Eli were incredible. They showed such beauty and heart ache that you wanted to be there in the room with them. And the cinematography... wow! So many great scenes in this film. Just see it.