We’re putting the spotlight on an unconventional vampire film from Sweden in this week’s installment!
The Tomas Alfredson-helmed novel-turned-movie “Let the Right One In (Låt den rätte komma in)” was released in January 2008, and starred young actors Kåre Hedebrant and Lina Leandersson as Oskar and Eli, respectively. The film was set at a Stockholm suburb in 1981 during wintertime and focuses on the unlikely relationship formed between the two 12-year olds, one a human bullied by his schoolmates while the other, a vampire.
“Let the Right One In” is equal parts eerie and beautiful, proving that horror films don’t always need to overdo the gory action for it to be “effective.” Instead of emphasizing on the fact that Eli’s a vampire – which is the usual path in most similar films – the story took a different turn by highlighting the close bond between Oskar and Eli. Leandersson is effective as the young, loner vampire while Hedebrant is just as good in his role as a lonely and sometimes angst-ridden boy.
“Let the Right One In” is a quiet film, yet make no mistake in thinking that this lessened its creepy factor. In fact, it grabs your attention right within the first 15 minutes by showcasing a rather unsavory scene. If anything, such scenes seemingly become more shocking in the absence of jarring musical score. They’re guaranteed to stick in your heads long after you’ve finished watching the movie.
Case in point (spoiler alert!):
All stills in this feature were sourced from Beautiful Stills From Beautiful Films.