Genre: Foreign, Independent
What’s it about? An old man and young girl (a vampire) move into a small Swedish community and immediately start offing people.
Who’s in it? Buncha Swedes.
You’ll like it if… You are interested in vampires that aren’t brooding teenagers. You can handle subtitles (more on that below). You can appreciate cinematography and direction (They’re fantastic in this movie). You have crush on Sweden.
Let the Right One In isn’t just one of my favorite horror movies, it’s one of my favorite movies, period.
The story, acting, and visuals are absolutely captivating.
Set in Stockholm, circa 1982, the environment is dominated by darkness. Days are gray and nights are black. Just looking at the sparse, snow-covered landscape, its dense forests and empty streets stretching out into frigid oblivion, is enough to give you chills.
But then there’s the shroud of death.
An old man moves into an apartment complex with a young girl, presumably a relation. It soon becomes apparent that the little girl is a vampire and they must harvest blood to sustain her.
In the meantime, she befriends a local boy, who’s besieged by strife at home and bullies at school.
The story builds from there, and it’s as original as it is tragic.
Its characters test the boundaries of love, devotion, and even sexuality. They’re forced to weigh their own lives against the lives of other innocent people. They are marginalized as outcasts, and yet, they’re inexcorably chained together.
The sense of desolation – both physical and spiritual – is palpable as these characters are driven to extremes. The climate is unforgiving, and so are they.
I really would recommend this movie to anyone. It is technically a horror, and violence is obviously a part of that, but it’s really not that bad. There’s nothing in here that couldn’t be shown on cable. (i.e. Game of Thrones-level)
Of course, you might also be turned off by the subtitles. Again, they’re really not that bad – mostly because there isn’t very much talking in the film.
I’ve watched foreign movies before, and it’s aggravating when you spend so much time speed-reading dialogue that you miss the action onscreen. This movie doesn’t have that problem.
It’s very easy to follow.
Still, if you can’t handle it, then you might consider the American remake: Let Me In, which features Chloe Grace Moretz.
Obviously, it’s not as good, but the story is pretty much the same. (They’re both based on the same novel.)
You really should watch the original, though. It’s packed with the dark chill of a cold winter’s night and the burning sting of frostbite.