Let the Right One In

Best Movie of the Year 2008

This Swedish vampire movie is a masterpiece of the genre.

In 1982 Eli (Lina Leandersson) moves into an apartment building in a suburb of Stockholm. Her room is wall-to-wall to Oskar’s room. They meet in the yard outside. Eli seems a little bit odd in many ways. She is not wearing much even though it is winter and very cold outside. She says she doesn’t feel cold. Eli and Oskar (Kåre Hedebrant) are both the same age. However, Eli has been 12 years old for 200 years. She is a vampire.

Oskar is bullied in school and dreams about revenge. Eli tells him to fight back. When Oskar says he is afraid of what might happen, Eli replies Then I’ll help you. I can do that.

It doesn’t happen often that after watching a movie I feel that I must read the book to find out more of the story. After watching Let the Right One In, that is exactly what I felt. I even watched the movie a second time shortly after the first time I watched it.

Let the Right One In was directed by Tomas Alfredson. It is based on a Swedish novel with the same title, written by John Ajvide Lindqvist, who also took part in the making of the movie.

The original Swedish title of Let the Right One In is Låt den rätte komma in.

There is an American remake of Let the Right One In; Let me in (2010). The remake is nearly identical to the original, but the original is better.

Let the Right One In trailer