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Aroview: Sending many critics into raptures as a vampire flick to finally get excited about, this frost-bitten Swedish entry mixes social realism with Gothic folklore and confidently takes its place in the pantheon of the genre's finest.
The albino-like waif Hedebrant has an almost-iconic presence as a bullied, isolated pre-teen who finds solace (and a soul-mate) in the 12-year-old girl-next-door (Leandersson), the mortal manifestation of a 200-year-old vampire. The other formidable partnership is the direction and cinematography, with artfully mounted set-pieces that are shot to take full advantage of the eerie snow-bound suburban locale, and preserve the intent of screenwriter John Ajvide Lindqvist's own novel. While not without black humour, this succeeds in chilling right down to the bone.
Average rating (Exceptional). Showing 1-8 of 8 member reviews.
5 stars (Exceptional) The first vampire flick in years to truly strike a chord, 'Let the Right One In' is compelling, suspenseful, and so realistic and gripping that you might be forgiven for completely forgetting that this is a supernatural tale. ~Tom H
5 stars (Exceptional) A refreshing and elegantly crafted work, the performances by these children are impressive and engage us right from the start. ~Weekend Warrior
5 stars (Exceptional) I love this movie!! It's orginal, really well acted and really scary. Think Stephen King with vampires. Switch on the lights, lock the door and enjoy. ~SWDL
5 stars (Exceptional) Absolutely incredible, full of suspense and style as well as a truly touching and compelling story. ~Wizzums
4 stars (Very Good) A horror story with a subtle mythic feel along with unsettling rather than extreme violence. The central relationship is expertly handled - both touching and disturbing. The atmosphere is both figuratively and literally chilling. ~SteveParkes
5 stars (Exceptional) Despite the supernatural element, it is written and directed with so much low key realism that it's almost not a horror film. There are scary (and gory) moments, but never played for cheap "made you jump" fright gags. ~whero
5 stars (Exceptional) Eli (Leandersson) exploits puppy love to enthrall Oskar (Hedebrant) and consummates it in blood. Chilling! Outstanding! ~gnomon
4 stars (Very Good) ~Sarah
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