August 03, 2009

Cool Swedish Vampire Movie


Let The Right One In isn’t your typical vampire flick. There’s no leather pants, Chinese fighting stars dipped in lead, shotguns, discos with laser light shows, or post-punk bands butchering the soundtrack. Instead, you’ll find lots of space; sparse, well-placed dialogue; an excellent cast; and an effective director with a great novel to work from.

It’s the 1980’s and twelve-year-old Oskar (Kåre Hedebrant) lives in the harsh, wintery blackness of Sweden. There’s something not quite right about Oskar. It could be that he picks knife fights with trees, is fascinated with violence, is continually bullied by his schoolmates, or maybe those long Swedish nights are just draining a bit of his soul. Regardless of Oskar’s bad state, a savior appears in the form of Eli (Lina Leandersson), a two hundred-year-old vampire that has settled in to graze on Oskar’s sleepy town.


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