Let the Right One In is a vampire film with a twist. Directed by Tomas Alfredson and starring Kåre Hedebrant as a 12 year old boy in 1980’s Sweden who befriends a young girl (played by Lina Leandersson) who is not as sweet and innocent as she first appears.
This is a refreshing take on the vampire genre giving us a cute 12 year old girl as the monster and showing us that it is not as glamorous an existence as most vampire movies these days have you believe.
This is a slow burner of a movie, without the tiresome hollywood jumps and false scares that will no doubt be inserted for any remake. You are afforded plenty of time with the two main characters and as such are able to buy into their burgeoning relationship. There are some genuinely creepy moments too, especially the swimming pool scene at the end that will stay with you long after the closing credits.
The snowy backdrop of Stockholm in winter works well and feels like an extra character in the film, in a similar way to the Coen Brothers’ Fargo. Is there a better sight in a horror film than blood spilling onto crisp white snow? I think not.
Woolly winter hats off to Kåre Hedebrant and Lina Leandersson for making the relationship between the two 12 year old’s so brilliantly engaging. The rest of the cast are equally impressive, but the whole film hinges on these two young actors and they deliver fantastic performances.
This is an excellent film, which I hear is to be remade by Hollywood. I would urge you to watch this instead as I can’t see it being improved upon.