Let the right one in

Let the right one in

DVD - 2009 | Swedish
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12-year-old Oscar is a fragile and bullied boy who finds love and revenge when he meets Eli. Eli is a beautiful but peculiar girl he befriends. She has moved into his building. Oscar does not know that she and her father are vampires. When strange disappearances and murders start happening in the town, suspicions mount from her neighbors and police. Eli must move on to stay alive or stay to help Oscar the only way she knows how.
Publisher: Los Angeles, CA : Magnolia Home Entertainment, c2009.
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE FOREIGN SCANDINAV
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approx. 115 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Alternative Title: Låt den rätte komma in

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The Swedish adaptation of John Ajvide Lindqvist's novel is haunting and horrific. A classic of the vampire genre.


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mtimbal
Mar 20, 2017

I followed the reviews here and they were right on! The movie is an original take on vampire stories, and it makes quite an impact.

AL_MARINA Oct 17, 2016

Understated and atmospheric, this movie relies on the juxtaposition of childhood innocence with the reality of a vampire child, who has to survive in a world that can never condone her existence. One of the few vampire movies to really move me, the complexity of the relationship between Eli and Oscar is sure to make you think about vampires differently.

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VladTheGreen
Aug 22, 2016

I love this movie, a great vampire movie that shows what would it be a vampire in the modern times, not like a multi millionaire vampire in full luxury, but in a day to day basis. Who takes care of them? How do they relate to the people around them?
It is an addition to the vampire genre.

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JoeG101
Mar 29, 2016

An excellent film that shows that a low budget and some craftsmanship from the all the participants can really pull in the audience. This movie is not just for those of us who appreciate the horror genre; it's not "over the top" from a violence perspective.

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breemu
Mar 23, 2016

This is one of my favourite vampire movies, for all its little subtleties and nuances. The quiet, dark, snow covered setting, the implied difficulties of being a child vampire, the young vampire's manipulation (or is it?) of an adolescent boy, her aging servant's concern (fear? jealousy?) over their budding relationship, the sparse use of words between main characters, the feeling of innocence, etc. The English dubbing is pretty atrocious (women's voices for all the boys, and the adults sound like gutteral oafs), but it's definitely worth a watch.

(addendum: I just watched the Hollywood 2011 remake of this film, called "Let Me In", and it's also pretty good. The storyline, settings, main characters, etc, are almost identical to the Swedish version, but it's faster paced, has some extra (and completely unnecessary) character development, and (unfortunately) leaves nothing open to interpretation (unlike the Swedish film).

The Hollywood film also gives a much harsher portrayal of the child vampire, so I recommend you watch the Swedish version first as the Hollywood remake will forever taint how you might have viewed the vampire in the much more ambiguous Swedish film.)

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sartreoriole
Jun 13, 2015

Subtle, violent, deepling affecting.

rocka3 Jun 02, 2015

A real vampire gem.The english dubbing is obvious with some characters,Most of the time it doesn't matter.The filming and camera work is superb.Just enough FX without going overboard.Some great scenes.The story and character development are skillfully interwoven.

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Morpheuss
Apr 21, 2015

I really liked this movie, but I must admit the English dubbing is pretty laughable. Very good film though.

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marx_bro
Feb 22, 2015

Interesting to see how the Swedes do horror flicks. Glad it was english dubbed.
Vamp girl feeds on locals except a boy she befriends and, utlimately, protects.

JasonAT Nov 15, 2014

One of the Greatest Horror movies of all time. THE Greatest Vampire Movie of all time

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Monolith
Oct 26, 2012

(In the frozen courtyard) Oskar: "Aren't you cold?" Eli: "No." Oskar: "Why not?" Eli: "I guess I've forgotten how."

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Monolith
Oct 26, 2012

"To flee is life, to linger, death. Your Eli."

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bdls206
Aug 10, 2011

Eli: Oskar... Do you like me?
Oskar: Yeah, a lot.
Eli: If I wasn't a girl... would you like me anyway?
Oskar: I suppose so.

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wabookman
Jan 23, 2011

Eli: I'm twelve. But I've been twelve for a long time.

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bdls206
Aug 10, 2011

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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bdls206
Aug 10, 2011

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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bdls206
Aug 10, 2011

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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bdls206
Mar 14, 2011

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. Written by John Nordling

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