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"Let the Right One In" (2008)

"Let the Right One In" is an award winning Swedish vampire story about a 12 year old boy Oskar (Kåre Hedebrant), who befriends a 220 year old vampire who looks like a 12 year old girl, Eli (Lina Leandersson). Oskar's parents are separated and his father is an alcoholic. He get's picked on by bullies at school. Eli was born a boy but was castrated by the vampire who turned her. Now she travels with Håkan, a man who kills people to feed her. The movie starts a bit slow but it kept my interest and the special effects are very well done.

At the beginning of the film Oskar is waving a knife and saying "Squeal like a pig!" and "Are you looking at me!". Which are well known quotes from "Deliverance" and "Taxi Driver". Why is a 12 year old boy quoting those movies? or is he quoting? Is it that in Sweden these phrases don't have the connotations they do to an American audience?

I found the title confusing, since there is only one vampire there isn't any question of letting the wrong vampire in. But the title might refer to letting the right person into your heart. I'm not sure that Eli is the "right one". She helps Oskar with the bullies and probably saves his life. But is she really the right one if she makes him a killer?

Comments

I really loved that movie. I saw it in the theater and my partner and I walked out of it saying "This is the best teen vampire movie this year."
Well, I can't argue with that.
It's better than "Lost Boys" and that is the only other serious teen vampire movie I can think of. "Buffy" was a good vampire movie, but it was a comedy so it was in a totally different category.