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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 (304 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00283PUQQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,644 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.

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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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147 of 155 people found the following review helpful By Pramod on 29 Aug. 2009
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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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By G. Ste on 6 Feb. 2012
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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 Gwenelope on 7 Aug. 2010
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Now I write this having recently read the book swiftly followed by the film (in that order) and it was perhaps not necessarily wise to do so. The novel is a very rich narrative with some very uncomfortable themes in it and asks some interesting questions about what is a monster (much like Shelly's Frankenstein) and indeed what it means to be monstrous.

The narrative focuses on two lonely isolated children, Eli and Oskar. Eli just happens to be a vampire while Oskar is a victim of relentless bullying and is unable to fight back, at least at the start. Oskar, playing on his own at night, meets Eli and a meaningful and complex friendship develops between the two. We see how their relationship impacts on some other characters in the bleak setting of Stockholm such as a group of middle aged friends, some pupils at school and Eli's carer Hakan (although the relationship between Hakan and Eli is very much underplayed in the film).

The film focuses very much on the relationship between Eli (a young Vampire) and Oskar (a lonely victim of relentless bullying) and how this dysfunctional (can't really be otherwise can it?) relationship enables Oskar to grow and develop and gather strength enough to start fighting back against the bullies, or at least try to.

We are led to an uncomfortable climax where Oskar's tormentors seek one final moment of revenge and humiliation at Oskar's fitness club in the swimming pool. This final, climactic scene is easily one of the most remarkable and devastating of the whole film which delivers a final emotional punch. Too much description will give the game away but it really is the best use of 'old school' cinema, good use of camera work, editing and special effects (no CGI here folks!) you will see in a long time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Plom de Nume on 3 Sept. 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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