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Best. Vampire. Movie. Ever.

on 4/15/2009

I can only agree with pretty much every single critic and moviegoer who have seen this movie - whether you're into horror, suspense or romantic dramas - it's fantastic! A brand new take on an old genre. Buy it, rent it, borrow it, see it! PS. Read the book on which the movie is based too!

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Oskar, a bullied 12-year old, dreams of revenge. He falls in love with eli, a peculiar girl. She can't stand the sun or food and to come into a room she needs to be invited. Eli gives oskar the strength to hit back but when he realizes that eli needs to drink other peoples blood to live he's faced with a choice.

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Studio Magnolia Pict Hm Ent
SKU 210558261
UPC 876964001731
UPC 14 00876964001731
Format DVD
Release Date 10/21/2014
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Review Let the Right One In isn't really a vampire story. Instead, it's a tale about the friendship and empathy that develops between two of society's misfits. It's also not an overblown melodramatic romance. There are elements of a burgeoning love story in Let the Right One In, but they are tentative and devoid of overt sexuality. Eli is not a seductress. She's not interested in having sex, and Oskar is too shy and insecure to view "going steady" as anything more than a label to put on a close friendship. Viewed objectively, neither character would be likeable, but there is such warmth in their awkward, unconventional relationship that it's hard not to feel positively toward them...The leads are played by first-time actors. Kare Hedebrant, with his blond hair and pale skin, is an interesting choice to play Oskar, and he effectively makes the character seem remote, withdrawn, and a little creepy. Lina Leandersson is extremely good, crafting an individual who is both mysterious and compelling...Some will classify Let the Right One In as a horror movie, and I suppose that's technically accurate. To me, however, this is much more of a coming-of-age/friendship movie. There is blood and gore, but it's not excessive, and director Tomas Alfredson is more interested in touching emotional chords than in creating "boo!" moments (there are none) or layering the atmosphere to the point where it is ponderous and impenetrable...Much, I'm sure will be made about the synergy between Let the Right One In and Twilight. Really, though, the only concrete similarity is that both stories feature vampires and school-age characters. One could legitimately argue that Let the Right One In has more in common with The Crying Game than it does with Twilight.
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Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review I look at young people who affect the Goth look. I assume they want to keep a distance and make a statement. The leather can be taken off, the tattoos not so easily. It is relatively painless to pierce many body areas, not all. But what would it feel like to be pierced by a vampire's fangs? That would be more than a Look, wouldn't it? And you wouldn't want to advertise yourself as a vampire..."Let the Right One In" is a "vampire movie," but not even remotely what we mean by that term. It is deadly grim. It takes vampires as seriously as the versions of "Nosferatu" by Murnau and Herzog do, and that is very seriously indeed. It is also a painful portrayal of an urgent relationship between two 12-year-olds on the brink of adolescence. It is not intended for 12-year-olds...Remove the vampire elements, and this is the story of two lonely and desperate kids capable of performing dark deeds without apparent emotion. Kids washed up on the shores of despair. The young actors are powerful in draining roles. We care for them more than they care for themselves. Alfredson's palette is so drained of warm colors that even fresh blood is black. We learn that a vampire must be invited into a room before it can enter. Now the title makes sense...Footnote: Jeremy Knox of Film Threat likes the film as much as I do, but comes from a different place. He writes: "I'd even go so far as to say this would make a great date film. Women will melt watching this. Not only that, but it'd also make a fine film to show to the 10- to 16-year-old crowd. Little kids, especially girls, will love this. Yeah, there's some blood and one really quick shot of nudity, but just because they're young doesn't mean they're stupid. Kids will totally get this"...They'll get it, all right. In the neck.
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Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 9
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Dennis Dermody, Paper Magazine Sensational! Director Alfredson does a great job of sinking new fangs into familiar vampire elements.
John Anderson, The Washington Post ...a spectacularly moving and elegant movie...
M.E. Russell, Portland Oregonian ...one of the great horror films of recent years -- and a welcome antidote to the in-your-face sonic assaults that all too often pass for genre fare.
Newsweek A vampire tale like no other. Mesmerizing.
Washington Examiner Best vampire movie. Ever.

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