Vampire films are all the rage in today’s marketplace. We have films like those in the “Twilight” franchise, we have HBO’s hit “True Blood”, and we have films nobody has seen such as “The Vampires Assistant”. Recently, there was a remake of today’s Swedish film that hit the local cineplex, to mostly average reviews and abysmal box office numbers. With that, I decided to give today’s pic a viewing.
31 Days of Howl-oween
A Review of Films Filled with Frights
~ Let the Right One In – “Låt Den Rätte Komma In” ~
Oskar (Hedebrant), a 12 year old boy, is the butt of a classmates (Rydmark) bullying, and tends to spend time by himself outside his mothers Stockholm apartment, where neighbor Eli (Leandersson), a 12 year old girl, lives. One winter night, he meets Eli for the first time, and instantly forms a bond with this mysterious kindred spirit. What he doesn’t realize is that Eli’s solitude is self-imposed, as she in actuality is a centuries old vampire, tormented by the curse that bedevils her.
This gothic character piece is more a brooding tale of loneliness and friendship set in the world of vampires than a horror film. Cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema’s eerie and haunting work is absolutely stunning to look at. At first glance, one would assume the prima facie of the cinematography is of the land as a cold, dark, and blue winter. However, I would say that it is describing the characters in their lonely, cold, blue lives.
The acting of the children is stellar. Watching the face of Eli it is easy to feel her pain she suffers internally, as well as her hesitance to engage in a relationship with a human. This is not “Twilight” teeny bopper fare. It is a character driven piece with nary a predictable moment. The score is equally as menacing as the story, and lends itself to the unusual vampire tale in the most engrossing of ways.
Some gruesome effects, even more disturbing coming from the horrors of a 12 year old child! Well worth the time to take this pic in. No surprise that an American remake (“Let Me In”) has hit theaters as I write this review.
A worthy vampire tale.
My Rating: ***** / A
Available on Amazon: Let the Right One In [Blu-ray]