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Let the Right One In(Låt den rätte komma in)

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Sweden · 2008
Rated R · 1h 55m
Director Tomas Alfredson
Starring Kåre Hedebrant, Lina Leandersson, Per Ragnar, Henrik Dahl
Genre Horror, Drama

Twelve-year-old Oskar is a lonely outsider dreaming of revenge against a trio of bullies at school. When he befriends his new neighbor, the mysterious and moody Eli, he quickly realizes that she is no ordinary girl but instead one who hides a dark, macabre secret.

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Summer Goldstein Profile picture for Summer Goldstein

This blend of the vampire film and the coming-of-age narrative entirely subverted my expectations – pairing an interrogation of our conventional understandings of “monstrosity” with a touching story of young love.

Melanie Greenberg Profile picture for Melanie Greenberg

A tender love story, blanketed in horror. For lovers of horror, definitely a sort of comfort film in the quiet way it unfolds.

What are critics saying?


Variety by

Calling to mind the work of Anne Rice and Stephen King, atmospheric adaptation of Swedish author John Ajvide Lindqvist's bestseller is well directed by his countryman Tomas Alfredson ("Four Shades of Brown") and should click with cult and arthouse auds.


New York Daily News by Elizabeth Weitzman

Alfredson makes the most of every detail, carefully crafting an atmosphere of haunting alienation. These two lost souls may come together under unusual circumstances, but their connection feels universally human.


The New York Times by Manohla Dargis

There is a remarkable stillness to many of the film's most indelible images, particularly the exteriors, which are so carefully photographed, and without the usual tiresome camera jiggling, as to look almost frozen.


Entertainment Weekly by Owen Gleiberman

If random arty blood thrills are your cup of fear, perhaps you'll enjoy Let the Right One In, a Swedish head-scratcher that has a few creepy images but very little holding them together.


New York Post by V.A. Musetto

Despite having no previous film experience, Kare Hedebrant and Lina Leandersson give evocative performances as Oskar and Eli, respectively.

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