Let’s face it, we have seen debonair, tuxedo sporting vampires, bat-like vampires, demonic looking vampires, astro-vampires, gay and lesbian vampires, half-werewolf-half-vampire vampires, Playboy Playmate worthy vampires, and vampires that aren’t really vampires at all *cough-Twilight-cough-cough*. And yes, we have even seen the child vampire as they were introduced to us in such films as Near Dark and Interview With A Vampire. The world has been bitten by vampires and there is no telling how long we will be under their spell. So what, you may ask, is so different about Let The Right One In? Well, other than the fact that the film takes place in the little suburb of Blackeburg, Sweden, you’re just going to have to see for yourself.
Let The Right One In is the story of Oskar (Kare Hedebrant), a semi-neglected boy that has been made into the local punching bag by the neighborhood douche bags. Until the day…err, night, that Oskar bumps into his new neighbor, Eli (Lena Leandersson). There is something strange and mysterious about the new girl, but you can’t really complain about the only kid your age that isn’t kicking the shit out of you. Oskar soon discovers that Eli is much more than meets his blackened eye as he is forced to decide between friendship, love, and morality.
Let The Right One In is an extremely refreshing drink amidst a crowded bar of the usual suspects. Director Tomas Alfredson delivers a tale as bleak as the stark white, snow smothered landscape of Blackeburg, Sweden. Both Hedebrant and Leandersson deliver amazing performances for such young talent. They take you through a journey down a road untouched by previous cinema travelers. But just like Leandersson’s deceivingly innocent looking face, don’t take this film lightly. Gore whores will be pleased to know that when Eli gets her vamp on, the blood will flow…in buckets.
I will have to warn some viewers that there is a scene that deals with brief underage nudity that may be unsettling to many of you out there. Just keep an open mind in that this film is from a different culture than yours and that not every sight of unclothed flesh is intended to be perverted or sexual. If you want to act like a nun, join a fuckin’ convent. Let The Right One In pushes the envelop in terms of genre submissions. I hope that this film forces other authors and movie makers to stretch their imaginations and help the vampire story grow.