Next up in our Vampire film countdown is a modern movie from 2008 based on a best-selling novel, LET THE RIGHT ONE IN
Directed by Tomas Alfredson and starring Kare Hedebrant and Lina Leandersson, this Swedish film is one of the most beautiful and original vampire films of all time. Young Oskar is an outcast, a loner who is picked on by the school bullies. A new girl named Eli arrives at his apartment complex, and the two become friends. There is something different about this girl - she has a dark, dangerous quality which young Oskar identifies with. Around this same time a string on inexplicable murders begins. Oskar slowly begins to realize there is more than meets the eye about this strange, pale girl who only comes out at night…
This film was remade by Hammer Studios in 2010 under the title LET ME IN. Both versions are excellent, with the Swedish one just barely edging out the Hammer version. The two young actors in LET THE RIGHT ONE IN are really terrific, and the story is brutal and believable, punctuated by the stark cold backdrop of a snowy Swedish ghetto. Highly recommended, this is one terrific movie.
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