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Let the Right One in [DVD]

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  • Actors: Kåre Hedebrant, Lina Leandersson, Per Ragnar, Henrik Dahl, Karin Bergquist
  • Format: PAL, Dolby, Digital Sound, Widescreen, Subtitled
  • Language: Swedish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Momentum Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Aug 2009
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (292 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00283PUQQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,838 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Acclaimed Swedish horror film based on the novel by John Ajvide Lindqvist, who also wrote the screenplay for the film. Oskar (Kare Hedebrant) is a sensitive, fragile, 12-year-old boy, living in the suburbs of Stockholm in the early 1980s, who is bullied at school and spends his nights dreaming of revenge and rehearsing knife attacks in the courtyard behind his apartment building. There he meets his new next-door neighbour Eli (Lina Leandersson), a mysterious girl of his own age who turns out to be a vampire. With Eli on his side, Oskar is finally able to face up to the bullies who have made his life such a misery, but Eli's unquenchable thirst for blood brings problems of its own.


The enduring popularity of the vampire myth rests, in part, on sexual magnetism. In Let the Right One In, Tomas Alfredson's carefully controlled, yet sympathetic take on John Ajvide Lindqvist's Swedish bestseller-turned-screenplay, the protagonists are pre-teens, unlike the fully-formed night crawlers of HBO’s True Blood or Catherine Hardwicke’s Twilight (both also based on popular novels). Instead, 12-year-old Oskar (future heartbreaker Kåre Hedebrant) and Eli (Lina Leandersson) enter into a deadly form of puppy love. The product of divorce, Oskar lives with his harried mother, while his new neighbor resides with a mystery man named Håkan (Per Ragnar), who takes care of her unique dietary needs. From the wintery moment in 1982 that the lonely, towheaded boy spots the strange, dark-haired girl skulking around their outer-Stockholm tenement, he senses a kindred spirit. They bond, innocently enough, over a Rubik's Cube, but little does Oskar realise that Eli has been 12 for a very long time. Meanwhile, at school, bullies torment the pale and morbid student mercilessly. Through his friendship with Eli, Oskar doesn't just learn how to defend himself, but to become a sort of predator himself, begging the question as to whether Eli really exists or whether she represents a manifestation of his pent-up anger and resentment. Naturally, the international success of Lindqvist's fifth feature, like Norway's chilling Insomnia before it, has inspired an American remake, which is sure to boast superior special effects, but can't possibly capture the delicate balance he strikes here between the tender and the terrible. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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4.2 out of 5 stars

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145 of 153 people found the following review helpful By Pramod on 29 Aug 2009
Format: Blu-ray
Frankly, I haven't liked many of the vampire movies that hit the theatres in the recent past. They had very little substance, apart from gore and blood. The only upside was the superb special effects. One did not however feel they were `real' characters, if you can use that term for a bloodthirsty vampire.
Into this arid cinematic landscape comes Let the Right One In, a Swedish movie that tells the moving story of a young vampire. The hauntingly beautiful story is rather simple - the vampire girl Eli ("I have been 12 for a long time"), develops a relationship with Oskar, a 12-year-old boy who is tormented by classmates at his Stockholm school. Their relationship blossoms in a frozen landscape, amidst the frenzy of murder necessitated by Eli's thirst for blood and Oskar's travails at school. It is a voyage of discovery for both protagonists in the movie - they learn the finer points of life (and death) from each other.
The viewer immediately warms up to both characters, played brilliantly by the two first-time leads. It is hard not to sympathise with Oskar, who finally learns to `handle' his tormentors the hard way on Eli's advice. Eli is one vampire you do not hate - her life is one long struggle for blood, company and love. The film does have gore - but it is not the primary focus. It has plenty of blood, but in the director's hand it becomes the conduit through which the two characters bond. Oskar stands by Eli even after learning that she is a vampire. If that is not love, what is ?
In that context, The Right One is a love story par excellence. The one thing that could have prevented Oskar from reaching out to Eli instead becomes their greatest strength. In one instance, Oskar saves Eli's life from a potential killer. The would-be killer ends up being a source of blood for Eli.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By G. Stephens on 6 Feb 2012
Format: DVD
This film blew me away when I watched it. There is one moment where CGI is used which looked unrealistic and was a bit of a blip (the cats!), but I can overlook that because of the great story, exceptional acting of the two main children, the fantastic music and one of the best camera shots I think I've ever seen in a film (where the girl is underneath the bridge). Can't recommend this film enough.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Plom de Nume on 3 Sep 2009
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Swedish with sub-titles, kids in the main roles, a very subdued, ordinary setting... but trust me: you're going to have a subtly breathtaking time with this. Expect echoes of M. R. James, Woody Allen, Bergman, Kubrick and no small measure of Hitchcock at his subtlest.

Let the Right One In is a quietly thrilling gem that works wonders with the vampire genre - it surprises and bewitches in its own particular way, delivering a unique, original experience that should satisfy cinephile and horror-fan alike. It's the most tasteful and magical take on the undead for some time - everything "Interview with the Vampire" wanted to be and "Near Dark" actually was for its time.

In case, though, you're getting visions either of some fey, cod-romantic nouveau horror, or of some gritty, sweat- and blood-streaked actioner, let me also say that this gorgeously-composed glory manages to work its spell by exploiting the ordinary, even banal side of the mythos. It's set in a modern, urban (Stockholm-suburb) reality whose understated "glamour" comes from being perfectly photographed and pin-drop sound-engineered. It's the perfect backdrop for this wonderfully oblique tale of childhood trauma, neighbourhood gossip, mundane lifestyle - and outrageous slaughter.

The film is a contradictory, bitter-sweet, excitingly low-key horror-romance; easily the most affecting story of mismatched childhood love (quietly awesome performances from the kids, indeed) for ages. If you loved "The Innocents" or the original "Haunting" or "The Woman in Black," this should really grab you; there are also reminders of the best elements of such works as "Innocent Blood" and "Salem's Lot.
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44 of 48 people found the following review helpful By The Truth TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 Aug 2010
Format: Blu-ray
This film is absolutely amazing. Everything about it is great: the story, the acting, the cinematography. Everything.

It's different right from the start. The opening credits come up white text on a black backgound without any music, and the effect is quite spectacular. This simple trick sets an erie atmosphere instantly and is a perfect example of the approach taken in the rest of the film: less is more.

The film is long; one reviewer says slow but I disagree - I think perhaps minimalist is a better choice of word. The whole work looks stunning, and from the Blu ray menu to the subtle use of CGI, it almost felt like a piece of beautiful Swedish design for which the country is so known for; speaking of the subtle CGI, because it's used sparingly and cleverly, it's impact is all the more greater when you do notice it. Half the time though, you don't. Half the time, you're not sure if your eyes are playing tricks on you, and that's another example of the genius of the film and the incredible atmosphere it manages to create.

The scenery throughout the film is beautiful and Blue Ray is the perfect format for the sparkling white snow that this film is awash with. The actors who play the main characters, Oskar and Eli, although young, are excellent and do a great job. I won't go into the specifics here, I'm sure there's other reviews that tell you all about the story but 'Let the Right One In' is a love story of sorts between an awkward young boy and a young girl who moves onto his estate. What unfolds is a brilliant and touching piece of cinema that is both terrifying in places and beautiful in others.

It was also nice to watch a film in this language too I found, and the whole thing was just so well done on every level it was staggering.
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